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50 Ancient Chinese Herbs to Consider (30 – 33)

Read this article when you are looking for an herbal treatment to combat the common cold or you are in need of a remedy that possesses both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Many other ailments and alternative medicinal approaches are discussed.

30) Safflower

Also known as Carthamus tinctorius, this thistle-like plant produces flower heads in July that range in shades of bright yellow to orange to red. Usually, sharp prickles are found on the leaves of this plant, which can reach heights between 30 and 150 centimeters tall. As one of the oldest crops in history, researchers have dated the chemical compounds of this plant to the days of ancient Egyptian textile works. During the 12th Dynasty , dyes originating from safflower were identified. Inside of the tomb of King Tut , garlands were made of the flowers were detected. Today, you will find this influential traditional Chinese medicinal item quite common in India, Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Argentina, Australia, and the United States.

31) Styphnolobium japonicum

In Japan, this small tree or shrub is often referred to as the Pagoda Tree, while the Chinese view this member of the pea family Fabceae as the ‘Chinese Scholar.’ Native to the eastern part of Asia – namely China , this plant was first introduced in Japan. Ever since, it has found a place in Europe, North America, and South Africa as a popular ornamental tree. Some of its physical characteristics include white flowers that last longer than most other trees that produce blooms. The tree can reach heights of 10 to 20 meters tall, which ultimately produces a timber , dark brown in color.

The features of the Pagoda Tree are treasured as a gem in the world of bonsai gardening. When used as a medicinal treatment, it offers patients properties, including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, tonic, and styptic, which means that it can cause the skin associated with wounds to draw up and stop bleeding.

32) Ephedra sinica

This plant is part of the family Ephedraceae and is native to China, where it is also referred to as “Chinese Ephedra” or Ma Huang. Other associations include Mormon tea and one of the most recognizable , “ephedra,” which has made headline regarding herbal weight loss products. The dried aerial parts of the plant have been used to combat asthma, allergic rhinitis, the common cold, as well as infections in the upper respiratory system. Overall, the plant is used for its general stimulant powers. The whole plant contains about 2.2%. However, you should know that ephedrine has been known to cause heart problems and addiction in some patients.

33) Scutellaria baicalensis

Also known as Baikal Skullcap and ‘huang qin’, this flowering plant is a native of North America, but has found a place in traditional Chinese medicine. Since there are many different kinds of skullcap plants, you may face varying levels of effectiveness. It is important to make sure what sort of skullcap you are relying on for an herbal treatment, as this species is often mistaken for Scutellaria lateriflora (North American Skullcap), which has been the source of an array of toxic issues.