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50 Ancient Chinese Herbs to Consider (47-50)

Whether you have a bad case of diarrhea or need something to treat the symptoms of a viral infection, you will find ancient Chinese herbs that can provide relief from common and not-so-common medical concerns.

47) Rauwolfia serpentina

This species of flowering plant belongs in the family Apocynaceae and also goes by the names of ‘shegen mu’ and ‘yindu shemu.’ For hundreds of years, the extract of this plant has found a place in India. There are even reports that Gandhi himself relied on the plant for its tranquilizing effects. In other news , the wood (also known as serpentwood) is popular amongst individuals pursuing the woodcarving or woodturning business or hobby.  

48) Chinese goldthread (also known as Coptis chinensis)

This species of goldthread (also known as ‘duan e huanglian’ or ‘Huang Lian’) , the active compounds of this plant are berberine and coptisine. As researchers got a chance to better know this herbal remedy ingredient, they found that it is effective against the gastrointestinal parasite called Blastocystis hominis. Found in East Asia and China , the plant grows in coniferous woods and bogs, as well as forests and in shady places about valleys with elevations between 500 and 2000 meters. The root is harvested in the fall and can be used fresh or dried.

Over the years, Chinese goldthread has been used as an analgesic, antibacterial, antidote, antispasmodic, blood tonic, digestive treatment, sedative, and bitter. The root is pungent and rather bitter, but also produces a cooling effect , all of which can control bacteria and calm down the symptoms of a viral infection. Other uses for the herb is to reduce a fever, enhance circulation, and relax the body when spasms are taking place. Patients battling diabetes mellitus may benefit from this sort of herbal treatment.

When it comes to the root , analgesic and antibacterial properties are detected amongst many other curative powers. If you are suffering a bout of diarrhea or dysentery, it is suggested to seek out Chinese goldthread.

Insomniacs and people who often fidget have responded to remedies containing this herb as well. As an external treatment, the herb combats the symptoms of a variety of skin issues, such as boils, acne, abscesses, and burns. Some people have benefited from the herb when using it as a gargle for ulcers found on the mouth and tongue. Swollen gums and toothaches also respond to the Chinese goldthread. Patients with conjunctivitis (pink eye) can use the herb in eyewashes.

49) Cinnamomum aromaticum , also known as Cassia

This evergreen tree is native to southern China, India, Vietnam, and Bangladesh and is a close relative of cinnamon , the kind we like to use as a spice. The buds are also used as a spice, especially within the Indian culture , much in the same manner as the ancient Romans. This tree that can reach a height of 10 to 15 meters tall produces components that are considered a significant item in traditional Chinese healing.

As for the 50th fundamental natural wonder known to traditional Chinese medicine, look for a series of articles that focus on the medicinal power of the rhododendron, which possesses a wealth of healing components that span a variety of species , not all associated with historical Chinese treatments.