50 Ancient Chinese Herbs to Consider (7 – 14)

In this article, you will continue to learn about the many different herbs belonging to the list of ancient herbal remedies associated with Chinese healing, including flowering plants and woody vines.

7) Ligusticum wallichii

This flowering plant is part of the carrot family and is commonly referred to in China as chuānxiōng or Szechuan lovage, where it is revered for the active compound of tetramethulpyrazine. The plant is native to Nepal and India.  

8) Alangium chinense

This species of flowering plant belongs to the Alangiaceae family and was traditionally used as a remedy for treating snake bites. The plant also contains components that can increase the flow of circulation, prevent pregnancy (used as a contraceptive), and can ease numbness and the symptoms of rheumatism. Wounds also respond well to this plant.  

9) Lobelia chinensis

When looking for this species of flowering plant (belonging to the family Campanulaceae), you should also look for its traditional Chinese medicine name of bàn biān lián.

10) Ilex purpurea

With this species of flowering plant, you will be taking advantage of the healthy properties found in a member of the family Aquifoloaceae, which offers this kind of holly.

11) Wikstroemia indica

This flowering plant of the family Thymelaeaceae is known as one of the 50 fundamental herbs for traditional Chinese medicine. It is important to note that a great deal of items contained in this family is poisonous when eaten.

12) Kudzu

Joining 20 other species, this member of the pea family Fabaceae is native to southern Japan and southeast China , situated in the eastern part of Asia. This climbing woody vine can reach heights of up to 100 feet on trees. When it comes to the non-woody parts of the plant , you can find something to eat. Young leaves are placed into salads or cooked as a leafy vegetable; and are high in vitamin A and C.

A healthy dose of protein and calcium are also found in the leaves. The flowers are sometimes placed in a batter and fried , and are also known for producing a great source of honey. The roots are cooked in the same manner as any other root vegetable. Sometimes, they are grinded into a fine powder and added to herbal remedies. The purple flowers of kudzu also make a sweet jelly that has found a place within southern regions of the United States.

As for medicinal purposes , studies show that kudzu can decrease the symptoms of hangovers and the craving for alcohol. Its usefulness continues with a nice level of isoflavones (offering anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents); cancer prevention, and serving as a remedy for migraine and cluster headaches. In traditional Chinese medicine, kudzu was used to treat vertigo and tinnitus.

13) Rheum officinale

This rhubarb is a member of the family Polygonaceae, which originated in Asia. Its medicinal uses include the root and stem as means of treating constipation, as well as assist an individual battling blood clots. In North America, this herbal remedy is best known as Essiac tea, and is praised for showing promise in treating Hepatitis B.

14) Stemona tuberosa

This species of flowering plant is a member of the family Stemonaceae.