Many people today face substandard health, especially the young generation, who have to deal with air pollution, work pressure and irregular daily routines. While Western medicine can treat disease, Chinese medicine can help you stay healthy and prevent illness in the first place, making it a better choice for overall wellness.
But different Chinese medicines have different characteristics targeting different health issues, making it important to choose the most suitable ones for your situation.
Let’s take a look at some common Chinese medicines to consider for your health and well-being.
Most people are familiar with the pure and fragrant lily. But did you know that dried lily has a high medicinal value? In fact, it can help the spleen and stomach, remove dampness, moisten the lungs and relieve coughs. But those people who have a cold should not consume dried lily because of its cold nature.
Peppermint is a popular ingredient during the summer. People use the plant to decorate desserts, make cold drinks and cook dishes. It can ease pain, relieve itching, clear the throat, and relieve internal heat or fever. If you have a sore throat or feel itchy, you can make a cup of peppermint tea for relief.
Chinese Angelica is a common Chinese medicine, especially suitable for women who have irregular menstruation or other gynecologic diseases. It can nourish the blood and activate blood circulation, regulate menstruation and relieve dysmenorrhea. But be careful not to overdose. It is best to take the medicine according to the doctor’s advice.
Polygonum multiflorum is famous for its function of enriching and darkening the hair. In addition, it can also help people stay energetic and look better. However, be sure not to take too much, because it could put the liver at risk.
Stigma Croci is similar to Chinese Angelica, but with more functions. Besides activating blood circulation and regulating menstruation, it can also enhance beauty and boost energy. Do not consume it during pregnancy.
Dried daylily is made from daylily buds. It can significantly reduce the body’s serum cholesterol, which at high levels can lead to disease in middle age and bodily decline. Protect your health by consuming more dried daylily.
Honeysuckle has been praised as a good medicine for detoxification and clearing away bodily heat since ancient times. It has a sweet and cold nature, and can help the throat and relieve heat. Summer is a good time to consume it.
Chinese bellflower can treat coughs, sore throats and chest pain. It can eliminate phlegm and abdominal pain, prevent hyperglycemia, and even enhance the immunity and pancreatic functions of the body and increase the amount of insulin. In addition, people with hyperglycemia and diabetes can take more of it to reduce blood sugar and stabilize their condition.
People are familiar with cornels because of the Double Ninth Festival, and know that wearing it can prevent epidemics. Indeed, cornel is good for back and knee pain, dizziness, tinnitus, impotence, frequent urination, liver deficiency and excessive sweating. If you have any of these symptoms, dried cornels could offer some relief.
Perilla leaves can help enhance immunity and prevent colds, and are effective in strengthening the brain. Thus, when women are pregnant, they can take some perilla leaves to benefit the baby.
Make sure to consult your Chinese Medicine physician before taking any of the above.