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50 Ancient Chinese Herbs to Consider (37 – 40)

Dendrobium NobileIn this article, you will find herbal remedies that are considered poisonous in some cases, but have proven effective in treating a range of medical concerns, such as frostbite and bronchitis.

37) Daphne genkwa

This evergreen shrub is known as one of the 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. It is important to remember that all parts of this plant are considered poisonous despite its use in natural treatments. For instance, coming in contact with the sap of this plant can cause dermatitis in some individuals. The flower buds are used to control coughs , primarily because of its bitterness. Internally, patients may receive a treatment for bronchitis, constipation, and some diseases of the skin. When used externally , some have felt relief from frostbite. The root has been used as an anticoagulant and diuretic.  

The history of this plant can be traced back to more than 3,500 years. Overall, the plant is known to possess anti-coagulant, antiseptic, anti-tussive, antiviral, diuretic, and purgative properties. When looking for this remedy, keep in mind that it is also known as ‘yuan hua.’

38) Ardisia japonica

When it comes to this species of Ardisia, you will find this native to eastern Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) evergreen shrub growing rather low to the ground. Reaching heights between 20 and 40 centimeters tall , you will find white to pale pink petaled flowers that come in the late spring season. Fruit comes during the early winter , offering a dark purple to black drupe that measures 5 to 6 millimeters in diameter. When approaching this shrub for use in medicinal treatments, it is important to remember that large doses of the plant can prove rather harmful and deadly to your kidneys. This traditional Chinese remedy is also known as ‘zijin niu.’

39) Hydnocarpus anthelminticus

With this species of flowering plant , you will find one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine , also known as da feng zi. The plant is known for its tonic and astringent properties. The leaves are sometimes crushed to create a natural remedy, while the root extract is drunk for curative purposes.

40) Dendrobium nobile

Belonging to the family Orchidaceae, this traditional Chinese medicinal herb is also referred to as ‘shi hu’ or ‘shi hu lan.’ Growing at the base of trees founding the mountain forests, this herb is also uncovered on rocks located in mountain valleys around East Asia , spanning China to the Himalayas.

In medicine, the entire plant is full of mucilage and is associated with treating stomach ailments, as well as serving as a tonic. In Vietnam, the plant was known as an effective tonic for treating pulmonary tuberculosis, flatulence, dry mouth, fever, night sweats, as well as cases of anorexia. Others have relied on the plant to combat painful extremities and loss of sexual vitality.

At the end of the growing season, the plant is harvested and then dried for later use. Placing the dried plants in alcohol and allowing them to steam cook is one of the main preparations of the herb before using in medical treatments.