The next you are suffering from a medical ailment , why not consider the healing power of ancient Chinese herbs, such as Glycyrrhiza uralensis – known to ease the symptoms of peptic ulcers and acne? In this article, we will continue to explore some of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine.
26) Cannabis sativa
This herb first served its purpose as a fiber better known as hemp, but was also seen as nourishment for oil-bearing seeds. The psychological and physiological effects of the plant have made an impact throughout the years as well , finding its way in the center of legalization debates. Different parts of the plant are used in a variety of ways. The method in which the plant is cultivated and harvested plays an important role in its use. The flowers of the plant have been used in medicinal and spiritual treatments.
The leaves, stems, and seeds have shown a less potent effect on the body and mind. In the past, the plant was used to create teas, tinctures, and ointments. Some treatments saw the herb being consumed as a dry product or eaten raw in salads. Other preparations included the smoking and inhalation of the herb as a form of medicinal treatment.
27) Glycyrrhiza uralensis
When exploring this flowering plant native to Asia, you will find that it has been used in traditional Chinese herbalism, as well as a sweetener in foods. When boiled, ‘Gan cao’ produces an extract that is used in the preparation of sweet treats, medicines, and drinks. The root actually contains a component called glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar. In Chinese herbalism, it is rather significant. The root is used to stimulate corticosteroidal hormones , offering the benefits of a sweet tonic herb , that also decreases toxin levels and evens out blood sugar levels.
Other powers associated with the root include antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, and laxative properties. The plant is also known to treat peptic ulcers, coughing, asthma, Addison’s disease, boils, acne, and sore throats. The flowers are also used as an expectorant. You should know that using too much of this plant , can cause cardiac dysfunction and severe hypertension.
As part of the genus of flowering plants belonging to the Gentian family (Gentianaceae), this plant has a place amongst nearly 400 other species. Found in temperate parts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas , you will encounter annual, biennial and perennial plants. There are even evergreens mixed in as well. Some species are harvested for the root, which has served as an entry in various treatments. The healing properties of this plant is said to date back to around 168 BC, where the King of Illyria is given credit for its discovery.
29) Anisodus tanguticus
This species of flowering plant belongs to the family Solanaceae and is also known as A. tanguticus in the world of traditional Chinese medicine. In ancient medicinal treatments, the roots were used to relieve pain.