Suan Zao Ren-Sour Jujube Seed-Ziziphus Semen-Herb of the Week

Sour Jujube Dates are called Suan Zao Ren in Chinese Pin Yin and Ziziphus Spinosae Semen is the Latin/pharmaceutical name. The Jujube dates themselves are also used quite a bit and they are often used in food therapy because they taste great and go well in hot cereals, congee, and kicharee. The dates and the seeds that are used as herbs are not the same, the jujube seed we use is not the seed found inside the jujube dates [...]

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Dang Gui, Dong Quai, Angelica Sinensis Herb of the Week

Dang Gui is an extremely powerful herb that is part of the Angelica family. Dang Gui is also known as Dong Quai, Tang Kuei, Dang Gwi, and sometimes Qin Gui. The latin name is Angelica Sinensis and is 1 of 3 major herbs used in the Angelica Family in Chinese Medicine. There really is no common name, it is known as Dang Gui but written in the West sometimes as Tang Kuei which is a ‘translation’ in Wade-Giles instead [...]

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Herb of the Week-Rou Gui, Cinnamon Bark

Rou Gui can just as well be your regular cinnamon bark; however the strongest form is from Vietnam. Cinnamon bark has been used as an herb in cooking for a very long time. Everything from treats, foods and tea use cinnamon for its flavoring. The herb is warming and this is no secret to the public. This herb is used in winter time drinks for internal warmth and spicy flavor. In Chinese Herbal Medicine Rou Gui have some very [...]

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Herb of the Week-Hong Hua, Safflower, Carthami Flos

Hong Hua is a very useful and definantly a common herb used in CHinese and Western Herbalism. This herb is also pretty common to most people as Safflower. Hong Hua translates to Red Flower in English from Chinese. Not quite as poetic as some of the other herbs, but as you can see it is very red even after it is dried and ready to use. Herbal Uses- Used to move (invigorate) blood flow. (more…)

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