Common Chinese Herbs and Effect

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In china, there are thousands of herbs which not only are applied to remedy but also to daily health in commonly life. We selected the herbs with practical using of health care or beauty for your reference.


Name of Herb






Alisma is helps strengthen water metabolism, which is a critical bodily function. It rids the body of excess dampness through the urinary tract. It is mild and safe, especially to the Kidney and Bladder, and to the Spleen and Stomach as well. It is an excellent herb to use in a tonic program by those who need to stimulate fluid function, so long as you do not have a cold constitution.


It is often used for obesity, especially for people who carry a lot of water weight and tend to have rosy complexions. It is also commonly used by people who have difficulty urinating and by diabetics.



Ass Hide Glue



The fried skin of the donkey is a powerful blood tonic and Yin tonic used in Chinese herbalism. It is commonly combined with other major tonic herbs to fortify the entire body after illness, injury or surgery. It can be used by any one suffering from blood deficiency. Donkey Skin Glue has Yin properties that are useful in Yin deficiency syndrome, manifesting as dry cough, dry mouth and irritability. It may be combined with other yin herbs such as American Ginseng, Glehnia, Ophiopogon, Asparagus root, etc., to replenish fluids.



Bird's Nest



Bird's Nest is a Yin tonic. It promotes beautiful skin, shiny hair and radiant eyes.


Sesame Seed



Sesame seed is a very good tonic herb. It builds Yin Jing, and therefore it is a longevity herb. In addition to its essence-building capacity, Black Sesame also builds blood. It acts in much the same way as Polygonum. Black sesame seed is moistening to the intestines and helps move the bowels. It prevents and relieves constipation due to dryness of the intestines. Black sesame seed is extremely rich in calcium, containing 85 milligrams per gram of seeds. It is also high in protein, phosphorous, iron and magnesium.







Bupleurum is one of the most important herbs used in Chinese herbalism. It is not a tonic herb, but it is useful in the tonic system because of its ability to relieve Liver tension and digestive disturbances, and because it is detoxifying and anti-microbial. Bupleurum has the ability, when combined with other herbs to clear stagnation virtually anywhere in the body. It can be used to relieve spasms, muscle tension, lumps, bleeding due to heat and menstrual irregularity. The essential oil in Bupleurum is responsible for its ability to relieve surface heat.



Chrysanthemum Flower


The flower of a special variety of Chrysanthemum is used in China to improve the circulation in the head and face and is thus traditionally used for headaches and sinus conditions. Since it has a cooling action, it is used to relieve red, swollen eyes such as that caused by smog and summer heat.



Cinnamon Bark



Chinese Cinnamon bark is a strong essence tonic that promotes good circulation and powerful internal energy. It is sweet and spicy, and is considered to have a very hot energy. Cinnamon bark is said to increase the Yang energy and sexual vitality. The best Cinnamon bark in the world comes from Southeast Asia from trees where the bark is, at its best, almost a half inch thick and over twenty years old.





Codonopsis is one of the most famous and widely used Chinese tonic herbs. It is very mild and without any side effects, yet it is a superb Qi tonic. It invigorates the Spleen and Lung functions so that Qi is replenished and it promotes the production of body fluids. Codonopsis is also an excellent blood tonic and a major immune system tonic.






This sour fruit plays an important role in many Essence tonics. It is said to be "astringent," thereby locking energy into the system and preventing the energy from 'leaking" out. In its own right it is a powerful Yin essence tonic with a warm energy. When combined with other tonic herbs, Cornus becomes a powerhouse, and makes the other herbs much more powerful as well. Cornus is considered to be an aphrodisiac.



Crataegus/ hawthorn




This very useful herb helps to remove stagnated food from the digestive tract and to restore normal functioning of the Spleen and Stomach in digesting, transporting and distributing nutrients. Crataegus is used to relieve indigestion which has resulted in abdominal distention, belching, acid regurgitation, stuffiness, anorexia, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and irregular bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation) due to food retention. In China, Crataegus is often consumed when one has consumed too much meat or greasy food.



Dang Gui



Dang Gui, Angelica sinensis, is used by men and women alike as a superb blood tonic. It is also an important blood vitalizing herb (e.g., it improves blood circulation). Men use it as a muscle building blood tonic. However, Dang Gui is most famous as a women's tonic, because women so often use it as a blood tonic and to regulate the female menstrual cycle. It is found in most women's tonic preparations.






Epimedium is a powerful sexual tonic and stimulant. Epimedium is known as "horny goat weed " because when goats eat it, they begin copulating. Oriental people consider it aphrodisiac. Epimedium is also said to strengthen the bones and joints, and to calm and relax the heart. Recent research indicates that Epimedium is a strong immune system regulator.



Fennel Fruit






Fennel fruit is used to warm up the stomach when it is cold, causing abdominal pain, indigestion, decreased appetite or vomiting. It is also used to warm up the scrotum area and is used to treat hernias associated with cold blockage of the Liver Meridian. Fennel fruit is useful for any kind of lower abdominal pain due to cold. Fennel fruit is also used in sexual tonics in combination with Yang Jing herbs since it has a warming effect and has local blood invigorating and nerve stimulating effects in the lower abdomen and genital area when combined with Yang Jing tonics.





The dried ginger used in tonic herbalism is primarily used to warm up the stomach and Spleen and thus to improve digestion and relieve cold conditions.


Green Tea

Green tea is rich in polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to protect the body in many ways. It also contains caffeine, which clears the mind when used in moderation. Green tea is a longevity herb.


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