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Lang Du – Lang Du(狼毒)is also known as River radis euphordiae lantu. The acrid, slightly bitter and sweet natural and toxic herb has been used in TCM to get rid of worms, treat swelling, relieve pain in stomach, etc., as its eliminates Phlegm, get rid of roundworms, calms pain, etc., by enhancing the function of lung, liver and kidney channels.

Ling Zhi – Ling Zhi(灵芝)is also known as Lucid Ganoderma. The sweet and natural herb has been used in TCM to treat cough, asthma, tinnitus, deafness and lassitude of the loins and knees, palpitation, insomnia and amnesia, hepatitis B, etc. as it nourishes Yin and Blood, strengthens the Spleen tonifies Qi and Body Fluids, calms the Mind, strengthens the Stomach, etc., by enhancing the functions of Lung, Kidney, Liver, Heart, Spleen and Stomach channels.

Lu Hui – Lu Hui(芦荟)is the concentrated juice exsiccation of Aloe barbadensis Miller. The juice of plant can be gathered and then decocted into dense paste all over the year. Being bitter and cold with the action of purgation and heat clearing, it can both relax bowels with purgative and clear heat, which is similar to that of Da Huang. It excels at clearing liver fire and is indicated for excess fire in liver meridian manifested as constipation, yellow urination, dizziness and headache, irritability, convulsion.

Ma Huang – Ma Huang(芦荟), commonly known as Ephedra, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for 5,000 years for the treatment of asthma and hay fever, as well as for the common cold. Ephedra is both a stimulant and a thermogenic; its biological effects are due to its ephedrine and pseudoephedrine content. These compounds stimulate the brain, increase heart rate, constrict blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), and expand bronchial tubes (making breathing easier). Their thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat. Ephedra is used therapeutically as a diaphoretic to help expel exterior pathogens and regulate the proper functioning of the lungs. Ephedra has also been used for weight loss, sometimes in combination with aspirin and caffeine.

Mai Ya – Mai Ya(芦荟)is also known as Fructus Hordei Germinatus. It promotes digestion and invigorate spleen, stop lactation and release distension. This herb is sweet and bland and has the actions of promoting digestion and invigorating spleen, especially helping the digestion of starch food. In addition, it has the accompanied action of soothing liver. For hypochondriac pain or gastric and abdominal pain caused by liver qi stagnation or disharmony of liver-stomach, it can be combined with Chuan Lian Zi and Chai Hu.

Mei Gua Hua – Mei Gua Hua (玫瑰花), also known as Rose hips, is used for the creation of herbal tea, jam, jelly, syrup, beverages, pies, bread and marmalade, amongst others. A few rose species are sometimes grown for the ornamental value of their hips; such as Rosa moyesii, which has prominent large red bottle-shaped fruits. Rose hips have recently become popular as a healthy treat for pet chinchillas. Chinchillas are unable to manufacture their own Vitamin C, but lack the proper internal organs to process a variety of foods. Rose Hips provide a sugar free, safe way to increase the Vitamin C intake of chinchillas. Rose hips may also be fed to horses. The dried and powdered form can be fed at a maximum of 1 tablespoon per day to help increase coat condition and help with new hoof growth. The fine hairs found inside rose hips can be used as itching powder. Roses may be propagated from hips by removing the seeds from the aril (the outer coating) and sowing just beneath the surface of the soil. Placed in a cold frame or a greenhouse, the seeds take at least three months to germinate.

Mu Tong – Mu Tong (木通) is also known as Akebia, a native plant to northeastern China, Korea, and Japan. In TCM, it promotes and unblocks urination, promotes urination and drains heat from the Heart via the Small Intestine, and facilitates lactation. At present, Akebia trifolata caulis is the plant used for the herb Mu Tong, as it is effective and entirely safe.

Li Zhi He – Li Zhi He(荔枝核)is also known as litchi seed. The sweet, astringent, slightly bitter and warm herb has been sued in TCM as Antioxidant, anti viral and anti mutagenic agent and to lower blood sugar, blood cholesterol, etc., as it regulates the Qi, stops pain, disperses cold and stagnation, etc., by enhancing the functions of liver and stomach channels.

Lv Dou – Lv Dou (绿豆). According to traditional Chinese medicine, the tiny green mung beans (lu dou) eaten as soup or congee can expel toxins. Beans are among the super-nutritious foods, and mung beans are among the best. Rich in protein, fiber and good carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins. According to TCM, since mung beans are “cold” (yin), they help dispel internal heat, clear away toxins, promote urination and relieve hot weather ailments and rashes.

Lu Lu Tong – Lu Lu Tong (路路通), also known as Beautiful Sweetgum Fruit dispels wind and dredge meridians, promote diuresis and eliminate dampness. It is indicated for amenorrhea, stomachache, edema, abdominal distension, hypogalactia, muscular constricture in hands and feet, arthritis, anal fistula, sores and boils, tinea and eczema. It is contraindicated to pregnant women.

Mai Dong – Mai Dong(芦荟)or Mai Men Dong is also known as Ophiopogon tuber. The sweet and slightly bitter and cold herb has been used in TCM as anti-arrhythmia, Anti shock, anti bacterial agent and improve contraction of heart muscles, and improves toleration of lack of oxygen, protect heart muscle, enhance immune system, lower blood sugar, etc., as it moistens the Lung and Lung-Yin, benefits the Stomach, promotes generation of Body Fluids, clears the Heart, calms restlessness and anxiety, etc., by enhancing the functions of hear, lung and stomach channels.

Mang Xiao – Mang Xiao (芒硝), also known as Natrii Sulfas, is the crystal refined from processed Glauber’s salt of family of Sulfates. Being bitter and cold with action of purgation and heat clearing, it excels at relaxing bowels and purging heat; while being salty with action of soften hardness, it excels at soften dry and hard stool. So it is much suitable for dry stool stagnation due to excess heat accumulation. It has the action of clearing heat and relieving swelling when being used topically. For interior excessive fire-heat manifested as sore throat, mouth and tongue ulcer, and gum swelling pain, it can be used singly or combined with heat-clearing, toxin-removing and abscess-curing herbs, such as Peng Sha, Bing Pian and Zhu Sha in Bing Peng San from Wai Ke Zheng Zong.

Mu Gua – Mu Gua (木瓜), also known as Fructus Chaenomelis, is the ripe fruits of Chaenomeles speciosa (Sweet) Nakai. of family Rosaceae. It can dispel wind-damp and sooth tendons and vessels. It specializes in removing dampness and is rated as the essential herb for treating dampness arthralgia characterized by spasm of tendons and vessels. With warm nature, it can remove dampness and relax tendons. It is the commonly used herb for treating downward flow of damp turbidity to the foot and edema, and can be combined with dampness-drying, qi-moving, and diuresis-inducing herbs.

Mu Xiang – Mu Xiang (木香), also known as Aucklandia lappa Decne, is grown in Yunnan, Guangxi provinces in China, India and Burma; Chuan Mu Xiang is grown in Sichuan province and the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. It is good at promoting flow of spleen-stomach qi and alleviating pain, so it is the essential herb for gastric and abdominal distending pain. For spleen and stomach qi stagnation syndrome manifested as gastric and abdominal distending pain, it is usually combined with the qi-moving and middle-energizer regulating herbs. For instance it is combined with Chen Pi, Zhi Qiao and Hou Po in Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan from Zheng Zhi Zhun Sheng. For the syndrome of food retention and qi stagnation manifested as gastric and abdominal distending pain, nausea and vomiting, belching and foul stool, it is usually combined with the digestant herbs