Chinese Herbs

3 Chinese Herbal Remedies To Have In Your Medicine Cabinet

 
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Generally speaking Chinese medicine is not a one-size-fits-all medicine. However, there are some remedies that nearly everyone can benefit from having on-hand. Here are 3 broad spectrum products for common ailments such as burns, muscle aches and pains and feeling like you’re coming down with a cold.

 
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1. Burn Cream

This cream is great for any and all burns, blisters and cuts.  The cream helps to decrease inflammation, relieve pain, and regenerate tissue in the area.  Use this in place of Neosporin!  Apply once a day and cover with gauze and a band-aid so it stays on and doesn’t get on your clothes.

 
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2. Zheng Gui Shui

This is Molly’s favorite product for muscle aches and pains and great for bruises, sprain and strains. It’s a powerful formula! In grad school Molly had a teacher who told her he was pouring this remedy down his cast after a knee surgery. When the cast was removed, the surgeon told him he’d never seen something heal so quickly.

3. Gan Mao Ling

 
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This herbal formula is best for when you feel like you are catching a cold because it can help shorten it!


If you’re interested in any of these remedies, contact us at info@8pointwellness.com or you can pick them up at your next office visit.



5 Chinese herbs to Have on Hand!

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.