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Properties of Selected
Chinese Herbs

Julia Chang, M.Sc.

Prime Health Products manufactures a unique collection of all-natural Chinese herbal tinctures for chronic health problems without using drugs.  These health problems include liver congestion and stagnation, gallbladder problems and gallstone removal, estrogen dominance, endometriosis, menopause, PMS, insomnia, arthritis, thyroid disorders, allergies.

These herbal products have been developed based on my own (Julia Chang's) personal experience in treating chronic health problems without using drugs for more than a decade, particularly those related to a weak liver, weak spleen and gallbladder problems.  Many of my clients have successfully treated their problems with these products after trying and failing with conventional medicine.  I have B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemistry.  In addition to my family tradition in using Chinese herbs, I have more than 15 years of experience in the natural health business plus 6 years working in the chemistry laboratory of North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada.  For more details about my personal experience in self-healing and treatment methods, read my article My Personal Journey of Healing.

This page summarizes properties of the principal herbs that I use in preparing my herbal tinctures.  These herbs are commonly used in Chinese medicine for chronic health problems.  The following references have been consulted:

  1. A Barefoot Doctor's Manual, the American translation of the official Chinese Paramedical Manual, Running Press, Philadelphia (1990).
  2. Chinese Medicinal Herbs, compiled by Li Shih-Chen, translated by F. Porter Smith, M.D., and G.A. Stuart, M.D., Georgetown Press, San Franscisco (1973).
  3. Tierra, M., Planetary Herbology, Lotus Press, Sante Fe (1988).

Julia Chang

Astragulus (Huang-chi)

  • Strengthens energy and maintain body resistance, transfers toxins and aids tissue regeneration.  Conditions most commonly used for are low body resistance, self perspiration, hidrosis, anemia, spleen-deficient diarrhea, and all illnesses due to inadequate prime energy. (Ref. 1)
  • Strengthens digestion, raises metabolism, strengthens the immune system.  It treats chronic weakness of the lungs with shortness of breath, and deficiency edema. (Ref. 3)

Atractylodes (Pai-shu)

  • It supplements spleen, benefits energy, converts excessive moisture, and promotes diuresis.  Conditions most used for are spleen deficient diarrhea, indigestion, edema, chest tightness and abdominal distension. (Ref. 1)
  • Tonifies digestion and counteracts fatigue and diarrhea. (Ref. 3)

Bupleurum (Chai-hu)

  • Conditions most commonly used for are stagnation of liver energy and irregular menstruation. (Ref. 1)
  • Used in flatulence and indigestion, muscular pains and cramps, and amenorrhea. (Ref. 2)
  • One of the major "Chi regulating" or carminative herbs that help regulate moodiness.  It is used to treat organ prolapse and raises sagging spirits.  It is capable of dredging out old emotions of sadness and anger that may be stored in the organs and tissues of the body. (Ref. 3)

Chinese Gentian (Lung-dan Tsao)

  • It purges liver fire, clears damp heat.  Conditions most used for are acute hepatitis, acute conjunctivitis, acute tonsilitis; vaginal pruritis and discharges, open sores of the scrotum, abscesses and boils. (Ref. 1)
  • Prescribed in rheumatism and general debility, it benefits the liver, strengthens the memory, and gives lightness and elasticity to the body.  It is used locally in skin diseases and ulcers, and in affections of the throat.  It is especially recommended in nocturnal sweating, hematuria and ophthalmia. (Ref. 2)
  • Used to treat pelvic inflammatory diseases, veneral diseases, hepatitis, jaundice and most liver disorders. (Ref. 3)

Chrysanthemum (Chu-hua)

  • Carminative, antipyretic and detoxifying.  Conditions most used for are headache and dizziness, tinnitis, conjunctivitis, boils and abscesses. (Ref. 1)
  • It benefits the blood and circulation and preserves vitality.  The flowers are prescribed for colds, headaches, and inflamed eyes.  The chrysanthemum tincture is considered beneficial in digestive, circulatory and nervous difficulties. (Ref. 2)
  • It is used for inflammations, colds, flu and headache, dry eyes and tearing, blurred vision, spots in front of the eyes and dizziness.  It is indicated for hypertension.  In combination with honeysuckle, it heightens the antibiotic properties. (Ref. 3)
  • Our experience showed that it is effective in relieving asthmatic symptoms.  A 48-year old man who had been on puffer for 25 years for his asthma does not need it any more after using Chrysanthemum for 2 months.

Coptis (Huang-lian)

  • It detoxifies.  Conditions most used for are abdominal fullness, emaciation and abdominal cramps. (Ref. 1)
  • It is regarded by Chinese doctors as a sort of panacea for a great many ills.  It is supposed to clear inflamed eyes, benefit the chest and combat fever.  Its use in all forms of dysentery is especially recommended, as well as its use in diabetes to relieve thirst and reduce the quantity of urine. (Ref. 2)
  • Experience showed that it is effective in stimulating bile flow.  It can be helpful for people who have their gallbladders removed.

Curcuma (Yu-chin)

  • It stimulates energy circulation and relieves congestion, cools the blood and resolves bruises and clots.  Conditions most used for are stagnation in blood and energy circulation, pain in chest, abdomin and muscles. (Ref. 1)
  • Recommended in primary syphilis and mania. (Ref. 2)
  • Aids digestion, dissolves gallstones, decongests the liver. (Ref. 3)

Dioscorea (Shan-yao)

  • A stomach-spleen tonic, nourishes the lungs and complements the kidneys. (Ref. 1)
  • It treats digestive weakness, diarrhea, diabetes, weakness of the lungs and kidneys and enuresis. (Ref. 3)

Gold Coin Grass (Chin-chien Tsao)

  • Clears fevers, promotes diuresis, relieves gonorrhea.  Conditions most used for are urinary tract stones and gallstones; acute and chronic hepatitis. (Ref. 1)

Poria Cocos (Fu-ling)

  • It breaks down moisture and promotes diuresis, benefits the stomach/spleen, settles nerves.  Conditions most used for are kidney deficiency, pulmonary congestion, difficult urination, apprehension and insomnia. (Ref. 1)
  • It helps digestion, calms the mind and emotions, eliminate excess fluid retention, aids tonification of the "Chi" by dispelling dampness. (Ref. 3)

Rehmannia (Ti-huang)

  • It moisturizes dryness and promotes salivation, nourishes the Yin and supplements the blood.  Conditions most used for are: (1) constipation or difficult urination; (2) anemia and dizziness. (Ref. 1)
  • It benefits the the eyes and ears, strengthens the marrow, "quiets the soul and confirms the spirit".  It is considered highly tonic and is used in all wasting diseases. (Ref. 2)
  • It treats conditions of Yin deficiency including night sweats, thirst, wasting and nocturnal emissions.  It is also used for kidney deficiency, back pains, and to promote the healing of bones and flesh. (Ref. 3)

Saussurea (Mu-hsiang)

  • Promotes energy circulation, alleviates pain.  Conditions most used for are indigestion, diarrhea and dysentery. (Ref. 1)
  • It is an antiseptic and insecticidal, used for aching teeth.  (Ref. 2).  The role of bacteria in bad breath and sensitive teeth is discussed here.

Scutellaria (Huang-ching or Chinese Skullcap)

  • It is mostly used in lung-heated coughing, jaundice.  It quiets the fetus. (Ref. 1)
  • It is a tonic to the bladder, stimulant to the respiratory organ.  It is prescribed in amenorrhea and cancer of the breast. (Ref. 2)
  • It eases premenstrual tension, strengthens the brain, relaxes nervous tension, induces calm. (Ref. 3)

Self Heal (Hsia-Ku Tsao)

  • It clears the liver and relieves congestion, promotes diuresis and reduces edema.  Conditions most used for are lymphadenopathy, goiter, hypertension, conjunctivitis, edema and difficult urination. (Ref. 1)
  • It is used in fevers and is an anti-rheumatic, alterative and tonic remedy.  It has anti-tumour properties. (Ref. 3)

Shou Wu (Polygonum Multiflorum)

  • It tonifies the liver and kidneys, fortifies the blood, strengthens muscles and bones and keeps the hair color. (Ref. 1)
  • Conditions most used for are:  (1) anemia and premature graying of hair, backache and pains and ahces of the knee joint;  (2) neurasthenia;  (3) lymphadenitis, traumatic bruises. (Ref. 1)

Vitex (Man-ching)

  • It is precribed in headache, catarrh and watery eyes.  Cancer of the breast is also treated with it. (Ref. 2)
  • It counteracts premenstrual syndrome.  It also stimulates progesterone production and regulates the menses. (Ref. 3)

Water Plantain (Tse-hsieh)

  • It promotes diuresis.  Conditions most used for are difficult urination, edema and ascites, excessive sputum production, polyuria, hermaturia and bladder distension. (Ref. 1)
  • It is cooling, a tonic, diuretic, arthritic, stomachic, astringent.  If taken for a long time, the eyes and ears become acute, hunger is not felt, life is prolonged, and the body becomes light. (Ref. 2)
  • It is used for fluid retention, urinary disorders, gravel and calculus, dysentery.  It is good for chronic urinary tract infections or "Yin" deficient heat. (Ref. 3)

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