5 Chinese herbs to Have on Hand!

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Interested in Chinese herbs? 

Traditionally, chinese herbs are prescribed by an herbalist in custom formulas containing 5-10 herbs, and rarely prescribed singularly.  At 8 Point Wellness, formulas are still prescribed in this traditional manner.  The other way to consume herbs is by adding them into your food or eating as a snack as some are readily available to you!

 


Goji Berry (Gou Qi Zi) 

Functions: Nourish Yin and Blood

Meaning: they help to nourish dryness- improve vision, nourish a dry cough, and nourish tendons.

What to do with them: Take a small handful- roughly ten berries and put them in a shallow pot of water, just enough to cover the berries.  Bring the water to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.  Keep the liquid! To gain the full benefit of goji berries pour both the berries and the liquid into your oatmeal, smoothie, etc.  If you have a sensitive stomach consider eating goji in moderation as they can be hard to digest- 1-2 times a week at most.


Ginger (Gan Jiang (dried), Sheng Jiang (fresh))

Functions: Warm the middle 

Meaning: Improve digestion irritated by too many cold/raw foods (Spleen and Stomach) 

What to do with it: Add it to your smoothie to balance out the cold/raw nature of the other ingredients and protect your digestion; throw it in your marinades, or stir-fry; eat it with your sushi as it can reduce toxicity (food poisoning)


Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi)

Functions: Warm Yang and open the channels 

Meaning:  Improve circulation by warming the channels, and assisting in the flow of qi throughout the body; best for menstrual related pains with cold sensations, palpitations, and thin layers of water retention.

What to do with it: Add it in to your smoothies to warm them up (like Ginger), steep a stick or two in hot water to make tea.


Black Sesame Seed (Hei Zhi Ma)

Functions: Nourish Yin and Blood, Moisten Intestines

Meaning: They help to nourish dryness- blurred vision, dryness in the intestines, itching from dryness

What to do with them: Sprinkle them on your veggies, use them in marinades

 


Red Dates (Da Zao)

Functions: Tonify Spleen Qi, and Nourish Blood

Meaning: By nourishing blood it may help you sleep better

What to do with them: Add them to your trailmix, or remove the pit and stuff the nut in the date for a one-bite snack.