Astragalas (huangqi) is a tough, fibrous root with a yellowish brown skin.
It tonifies internal organs and strengthens immunity. It helps to improve
blood circulation and lower blood pressure and blood sugar.
Atractylodes (bai zhu) 'is a rhizome which invigorates the spleen and
regulates the stomach. This herb is often used for treating diarrhea,
reducing water retention and preventing miscarriages.
Bitter apricot seed (nan xingren) is the seed of the apricot tree. It
relieves cough and breathing difficulty, moistens the intestine and relaxes
the bowels. It is also used with other herbs to calm wheezing and treat
constipation. This herb is slightly toxic; overdose may cause vomiting.
Chinese raspberry (fu pen zi) tonifies the kidneys and liver. It is often
used to treat poor vision, frequent urination and men impotence.
Dried lily bulb (bai he) is a slightly bitter herb that moistens the lungs
and clears the body heat. It is used to relieve cough and sore throat, and
to tranquilize the mind.
Dried longan Hesh (long yen rou) is a sweet and warming tonic to the heart
and blood. It also benefits digestion and has sedative properties. This herb
is often used to prepare sweet dessert soups, or to improve the flavor of
dishes that contain bitter herbs.
Gingkonuts (bai guo) are the fruits of the gingko tree. These yellow fruits
with a hard shell strengthen the heart, lungs and skin. They are
traditionally used to eliminate phlegm and treat persistent cough. Recent
studies have shown that these fruits are an effective antioxidant and help
to increase blood circulation in the brain. They are now widely used as a
health supplement to improve memory and promote longevity.
Ginseng (ren shen) is an "adaptogen" that balances blood pressure and sugar,
and improves immune response. It also nourishes the body's vital fluids and
has long been the favourite longevity tonic.
Glehnia Root (sha shen) is a health tonic which nourishes the lungs and
benefits the stomach. It is used for treating chronic dry cough and to
Ledebouriella Root (fang feng) helps to dispel wing, thereby alleviate body
aches, painful diarrhea and rheumatic conditions. It is also used to relieve
Lotus seeds (lian zi) have long been a traditional tonic for male sexual
potency and to correct female menstrual disorders. It also has nervine
properties that relieve nervous tension and insomnia.
Solomon's Seal (yu zhu) is a tonic which nourishes the stomach and promotes
body fluid production. It is widely used to improve fatigue, loss of
appetite, weak digestion, severe energy depletion and infertility.
Wax Privet Seed (nu jen zi) is a liver tonic which relieves headaches and
eye problems caused by liver inflammation. It also tonifies the kidneys and
is used as a male sexual tonic and to provide an overall boost to the energy
White fungus (bai mu er), also called "white tree ears," is a tonic to yin
energy as well as to the lungs. It improves all respiratory functions,
increases energy production and helps to regulate blood pressure.