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Herbs F-K

Fang Feng – Fang Feng (防风) is the Chinese name of the Ledebouriella root, or Siler. Its clinical Usage and Indications are: Releasing exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache). Treating Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp; alleviating pain, relieving spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb) such as trembling hands and/or feet. It is also used for spleen/Liver intestinal issues – painful diarrhea, bright blood in stool and migraines.

Fu Shen – Fu Shen(茯神)is also known as Spirit Poria. This herb Promotes Urination and Resolves dampness. Because of it neutral property, Fu Ling is frequently used to promote urination and eliminate dampness without damaging qi. It is useful for conditions that are excess or deficient, hot or cold. Strengthens the Spleen with qi deficiency is the leading cause of accumulation of dampness.

Ge Gen – Gé Gēn (葛根), called Kudzu in the west (Chinese: 葛根), contains a number of useful isoflavones, including daidzein (an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent). Daidzin is a cancer preventive and is structurally related to genistein (an antileukemic agent). Kudzu is a unique source of the isoflavone puerarin. Kudzu root compounds can affect neurotransmitters (including serotonin, GABA, and glutamate.) It has shown value in treating migraine and cluster headaches. It is recommended for allergies and diarrhea. In traditional Chinese medicine, kudzu is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. It is used to treat tinnitus, vertigo, and Wei syndrome (superficial heat close to the surface).

Gu Sui Bu – Gu Sui Bu (骨碎补) is also known as Drynaria Rhizome. It tonifies kidneys – weak low back and knee, it helps with diarrhea, tinnitus, decreased hearing, toothache, bleeding gums due to deficient kidneys. It is also used for mending sinews and bones due to falls, fractures, contusions, sprains. Furthermore, it stimulates growth of hair – used topically as a tincture for alopecia.

Gui Yuan – Gui Yuan (桂圆), Longan Flesh (龙眼肉), has sweet and neutral properties. It is use for treating the heart and spleen.

Hong Hua – Hong Hua (红花), known as Saffron, helps in the digestive process, has carminative properties and also helps regulate menstruation. The bitter properties of Saffron bestow it with topical properties for the stomach while the crocetin that it contains has a effect on reducing cholesterol. In Gynecology, it is sometimes recommended to help alleviate uncomfortable menstruation or the lack of menstruation; however, it must always be used with caution. Saffron also stimulates sweating and is sometimes used to help reduce fevers.

Hu Zhang – Hu Zhang(虎杖), Bushy Knotweed Root. Clinical Usage and Indications: invigorates blood and dispels stasis – amenorrhea, wind-damp painful obstruction, traumatic injury. Clears heat and resolves dampness – damp heat jaundice, turbid vaginal discharge. Drains heat, transforms phlegm – cough due to lung heat, constipation. Discharges toxins – burns, carbuncles (topically).

Huang Jing – Huang Jing(黄精), also known as Siberian Solomon Seal Rhizome, has the following clinical usage and indications: Tonify spleen qi and yin – with poor appetite, fatigue, dry mouth, loss of taste, dry stool, dry red tongue. Moistens the lungs – dry cough, little sputum due to lung qi and yin deficiency. Tonify kidneys, strengthen jing – lower back pain/weakness, lightheadedness.

Jie Geng – Jie Geng (桔梗) is also known as Platycodon or Balloon flower. The plant is easy to grow, cold resistant, and does well in a variety of growing conditions from full sun to part shade. It disseminates and opens Lung qi: it also dispels phlegm.

Huang Lian – Huang Lian(黄连), known as Coptis Rhizome, drains internal ‘fire’ from the body, relieves toxicity – high fever, irritability, disorientation, delirium, painful, red eyes, red tongue, sore throat, boils, carbuncles, abscesses. It can also clear heat, drain dampness – for damp-heat in the stomach or intestine, diarrhea or dysenteric disorder, vomiting and/or acid regurgitation due to stomach heat, helping with irritability, insomnia.

Fu Ling – Fu Ling (茯苓), or Wolfiporia Extensa is a fungus in the Polyporaceae family used as a medicinal mushroom in Chinese medicine. The poria with reddish inner side of the superficial layer is called red poria and the poria with white inner side of the superficial layer is called white poria. The poria produced in Yunnan Province is famous and therefore the drug is also called Yunnan poria Yunling. After collection, it is dried in shade, sliced, and used unprepared. The mushroom is used for inducing diuresis, excreting dampness, invigorating the spleen, replenishing the middle-jiao, and tranquilizing the mind.

Gao Lian Jiang – Gao Liang Jiang(高良姜)is a Chinese herb that belongs to the category of herbs that warm the interior. It warms the Stomach, disperses cold, stops pain, directs rebellious qi downward. The drug is collected at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, removed from fibrous root and remaining leaf scales, washed clean, cut into sections, and dried in the sun.

Gou Ji – Gou Ji(枸杞)is also known as Goji, or Wolfberries. It has long played important roles in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) where they are believed to enhance immune system function, improve eyesight, protect the liver, boost sperm production and improve circulation, among other effects. In TCM terms, wolfberries are sweet in taste and neutral in nature. They act on the liver, lungs, and kidneys and enrich yin. They can be eaten raw, consumed as juice or wine, brewed into an herbal tea or prepared as a tincture. The berries are also used in traditional Korean medicine, traditional Japanese medicine and traditional Tibetan medicine. Wolfberry fruits also contain zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering roles. A human supplementation trial showed that daily intake of wolfberries increased plasma levels of zeaxanthin.

Gui Jia – Gui Jia(何首乌)is good for nourishing yin and blood, stopping bleeding. It can be used for yin deficiency, hot flashes bone steaming, night sweating, soreness sensation on lumbar region and knees, blood deficiency, lusterless yellowness, metrorrhagia and metros taxis, leucorrhea.

He Shou Wu – He Shou Wu(何首乌)is the prepared root of Polygonum multiflorum, the same plant as Ye Jiao Teng, which is the stalks and stems of the vine. In fact an alternate name for Ye Jiao Teng is Shou Wu Teng. For medicinal use, the roots are harvested in the spring or fall after 3-4 years of growth, though fall harvested roots are considered best. Roots are cleaned, sliced and dried in the sun. The best roots are large, dense and starchy, not light and fibrous. Sheng He Shou Wu is the unprocessed root, which has a very different medicinal function than that of the processed root. In its unprepared form, the herb is not a tonic but moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowels. It is also used to treat chronic malarial disorders with qi and blood deficiency.

HuPo – Hu Po(琥珀)is the Chinese name of Amber. It is used to arrest tremors, stop palpitations, calm the spirit – tremor, palpitation, anxiety, excessive dreams, insomnia, poor memory, convulsions, seizures. It also helps invigorate the blood, dissipate stasis – amenorrhea with pain, palpable masses, coronary heart disease. It can Promote urination, reduce swellings, promote healing of sores, carbuncles, ulcers, genital swelling and pain.

Huang Bai – Huáng bǎi (黄栢) or huáng bò (黄檗) is one of the fifty fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine. Known also as Cortex Phellodendri, it is the bark of one of two species of Phellodendron tree: Phellodendron amurense or Phellodendron Chinese. The bark is categorized in a traditional Chinese medicine counterpart of humorism, Wu Xing, as bitter and cold, affecting the kidney, urinary bladder and large intestine meridians. Is said “to clear heat and dry dampness”, and “to reduce fire and release toxins”.

Kuan Dong Hua – Kuan Dong Hua(款冬花) is also known as common coltsfoot flowers. The acrid, warm herb has been used in TCM to calm cough and asthma, stimulate respiratory and cardiovascular effects, expel phlegm, etc., as it moistens the Lungs, moves Qi downwards, calms cough, transforms Phlegm, etc., by enhancing the functions of lung channels.