The Herb Guide

Learn About Herbs For Healing and Cooking

Popular Chinese Herbs
The list of Chinese herbs is long and many of these herbs youíve probably never heard of - and probably never will! That being said, here are some of the more popular herbs that have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries and are now used to heal ailments worldwide.

Ginkgo Biloba

Extracted from the leaf of the ginkgo tree, this has been a staple of Chinese medicine for centuries and, in fact, the ginkgo tree dates back over 200 million years. It is one of the oldest species of trees to still exist. This herb is now being studied extensively in Europe and is said to treat a wide range of ailments. It is most popular for itís ability to slow mental decline related to age as well as treat peripheral vascular disease and act as an overall enhancement for the mind.

Ginseng

This is one of the more well known Chinese herbs and is said to help boost energy. In addition to enhancing vitality, it can also treat neurological conditions. There are many different ginseng products available today and youíll have to be careful to insure you get one of good quality. Try Asian ginseng for stimulating the body and American ginseng for less of a stimulating effect.

Chaste Berry

This herb works on the pituitary gland and can help benefit symptoms of PMS. It is also said to help relieve symptoms commonly associated with menopause.

Dong Qui

Also known as "dong quai" and "Chinese Angelica", this herb is used for thinning the blood and perhaps to treat those in risk of stroke or heart attack. It has also been used to treat gynecological disorders1. However, caution should be used since it can react with other drugs such as coumadin. You should consult your physician before taking this herb.

Ephedra

While this Chinese herb has been used for centuries in China, it has gotten a bad rap here in the US. This is mostly due to itís use as a weight loss drug and having been taken in high doses. Abusing this herb can be dangerous as it contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which in high doses can be fatal.


  1. Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)