Healing Herb Directory

Alphabetical List of Healing Herbs | Eastern Names

Welcome to our growing list of Eastern and Western healing herbs! The herbs below are listed in alphabetical order by their common Eastern names, pin yin names, and the common Western names are included in parenthesis. (Alphabetical list of Western names.) Some herbs are listed multiple times, under different pin yin names. In TCM, some plant parts have unique pin yin names, differentiating the parts because to their differing functions. Oak is an example of an herb with multiple listings for each of its various parts having distinct functions.

Ai Ye (Mugwort)

Ai Ye (Mugwort)

Mugwort has long been used as a healing herb that is used both internally and externally. As “moxa” the herb is burned and passed over the portion or area of the body needing to be healed or tonified. Read more…
An Shu (Eucalyptus Tree)

An Shu (Eucalyptus Tree)

Eucalyptus can be used as an insect repellant, an expectorant, and a mouthwash. Used by the Aborigines to heal wounds it is also a tree that has been used to transform swampy environments infested with malaria into habitable neighborhoods. Read more…
An Ye (Eucalyptus Leaves)

An Ye (Eucalyptus Leaves)

Eucalyptus can be used as an insect repellant, an expectorant, and a mouthwash. Used by the Aborigines to heal wounds it is also a tree that has been used to transform swampy environments infested with malaria into habitable neighborhoods. Read more…
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Bai Dou Kou (Black Cardamon)

Bai Dou Kou (Black Cardamon)

A beautiful flower, well known as a garden varietal, and in China, it is also full of symbolic meaning and legendary healing capabilities. Read more…
Bai Gou (Ginkgo Nuts/Seeds)

Bai Gou (Ginkgo Nuts/Seeds)

Ginkgo is one of the best examples of a living fossil. The plant originated over 270 million years ago and has been cultivated in China since at least 2600 BC. Ginkgo is famous for helping with conditions that result in poor memory or conditions of dementia due to poor blood circulation. Read more…

Bai Gou Ye (Ginkgo Leaves)

Bai Gou Ye (Ginkgo Leaves)

Ginkgo is one of the best examples of a living fossil. The plant originated over 270 million years ago and has been cultivated in China since at least 2600 BC. Ginkgo is famous for helping with conditions that result in poor memory or conditions of dementia due to poor blood circulation. Read more…

Bai Li Xiang (Thyme)

Bai Li Xiang (Thyme)

As a food, incense, and medicine for the mind, body and spirit, thyme has a long ancient and magical history. Fresh thyme has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs and is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens. Read more…
Bai Shao (Peony)

Bai Shao (Peony)

One of the oldest documented remedies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this herb’s history includes supporting and healing female complaints while nourishing and/or cooling blood depending on the varietal. Read more…
Bai Zhu (Atractylodes)

Bai Zhu (Atractylodes)

Of the two versions of Atractylodis, Bai Zhu (Rhizoma A. Macrocephalae or Ovata) is considered one of the finest Qi tonics available. Used by martial artists to strengthen their legs and muscles this herb is often used in combination with other herbs to help build Qi and balance herbal formulas. In contrast, Cang Zhu (Rhizoma A. chinensis) is very drying and more aromatic. Read more…
Ban Bian Lian (Lobelia)

Ban Bian Lian (Lobelia)

Lobelia can help ease a difficult or painful birthing process. It is also well known for treating acute heart conditions, croup, whooping cough and tonsillitis. Too much can be toxic, but in the right amounts it is a wonderful herb with centuries of use by the Chinese and Native Americans. It is said to be the best for treating snake bites and scorpion or wasp stings. The Native American Crow Tribe used it in religious ceremonies. Read more…

Cang Zhu (Atractylodes)

Cang Zhu (Atractylodes)

Of the two versions of Atractylodis, Bai Zhu (Rhizoma A. Macrocephalae or Ovata) is considered one of the finest Qi tonics available. Used by martial artists to strengthen their legs and muscles this herb is often used in combination with other herbs to help build Qi and balance herbal formulas. In contrast, Cang Zhu (Rhizoma A. chinensis) is very drying and more aromatic. Read more…
Chen Pi (Orange Peel)

Chen Pi (Orange Peel)

Oranges bring good luck, are loaded with Vitamin C and the peels are super high in nutrients. There are many different varietals of orange peel, but all of them help build and move Qi (Energy) in the body. They are a powerful and tasty herb often used in combination with other herbs to improve the overall taste of herbal remedies and lend strength to the formula. Read more…
Chu Ju (Daisy)

Chu Ju (Daisy)

Considered a weed by some this member of the Asteraceae family can be used as a food, medicine or oracle (he loves me he loves me not). Read more…
Chuan Xiong (Ligusticum)

Chuan Xiong (Ligusticum)

Long used by the Chinese as a medicinal herb it is also used in cooking and as fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Not to be confused with Ligusticum sinense or Ligusticum porteri, plants in the same genus with different attributes. Read more…
Comfrey (Comfrey)

Comfrey (Comfrey)

Comfrey has a long history due to its ability to heal internal and external wounds. Traditionally, it has been used to heal wounds, sprains, and broken bones. Today, it is mostly used externally due to the presence of a toxic alkaloid. This alkaloid can seriously harm the liver if used in large does or incorrectly. Used externally, it is a wonderful herb for healing bones, hence the common name “Knitbone” or “Boneset.” Comfrey has been used by peasants and gypsies as a healing herb and a spring tonic to feed horses. It is an important plant in organic gardening for its ability to condition soils. Read more…

Da Ji (Milk Thistle)

Da Ji (Milk Thistle)

Milk Thistle has a long history in heraldry and as a symbol in art and poetry. It is revered as an outstanding liver medicine, tonic and food. Read more…
Da Suan (Garlic)

Da Suan (Garlic)

A Food, a medicine, a ward against evil spirits, kills parasites and relieves toxicity. This plant is one of the most used, most loved and easily available. Read more…
Da Zao (Red Jujubes)

Da Zao (Red Jujubes)

Red jujubes are delicious! They can be eaten raw, added to soups, teas and decotions. They are an excellent herb for counterbalancing herbal remedies that contain strong Yang herbs such as ginseng. In China they have long been revered as an excellent longevity tonic herb. Read more…
Dan Shen (Sage)

Dan Shen (Sage)

Sage has been considered one of the top medicinal and culinary herbs for centuries. It is easy to cultivate and has spirit cleansing properties. This herb is a mainstay in many herbal gardens. Read more…
Dang Gui (Angelica)

Dang Gui (Angelica)

Since very early times, Angelica or Dang Gui has been viewed as a cure-all, blood purifier, digestive and protector against enchantment and plagues. The Chinese revere it as one of the fundamental herbs aiding female disorders. Due to their aromatic qualities the dried leaves are used in preparing hop bitters. Read more…
Dang Shen (Codonopsis Root)

Dang Shen (Codonopsis Root)

Often used as a gentler alternative to the stronger ginseng, codonopsis has a long history as being an excellent lung, blood, muscle and overall body tonic. Used in China by nursing mothers to increase healthy milk production and for staying strong and healthy. Read more…
Dou Ban (Watercress)

Dou Ban (Watercress)

Widely used as a leafy green in salads and sandwiches, the high nutritional value of watercress makes it a true “food as medicine” plant. It has superior cleansing and nourishing functions and is a prime anabolic blood builder, restoring every aspect of the blood structurally and functionally. Read more…
Di Long (Earthworm)

Di Long (Earthworm)

Earthworms have been used for thousands of years by many cultures all over the world to treat seizures caused by high fevers, prevent anemia post pregnancy and to ease the pain of arthritic joints. Western science has confirmed the worms ability to lower blood pressure and relieve blood stasis caused by fevers. In many cultures, worms are a gourmet delicacy saved for elders and special occasions. Read more…
Feng Wang (Honey/Royal Jelly)

Feng Wang (Honey/Royal Jelly)

Considered a food of the saints and a food to nourish the soul and uplift the spirits, honey is also used medicinally to help bind other herbs together into pills and tablets as well as sweeten the taste of very bitter herbs. Royal Jelly, the bitter substance made to feed the queen bee, is so nutritious it is considered to be almost a complete food in itself. Read more…
Fu Ling (Poria)

Fu Ling (Poria)

Poria (Fu Ling) is an herb with a long and respected history in China. It is considered one of the premier Yin tonic herbs. Next to Licorice it is the most frequently used herb in Chinese herbalism. It is used to cook with and it is also used as a medicinal herb. Read more…
Fu Pen Zi (Raspberry)

Fu Pen Zi (Raspberry)

Raspberry leaf is well known for its benefits during pregnancy, but it is also beneficial for women of all ages and stages of life. Raspberries are known for their antioxidant and high vitamin C levels. Native Americans used raspberry’s as a medicine and for its protective properties. Raspberry leaves make a wonderful gargle and help heal wounds and varicose veins. Read more…

Gan Cao (Licorice)

Gan Cao (Licorice)

You say Licorice and I say Liquorice, either way this herb has a history of being used the world over as a medicine, flavoring, confection and liquer. The Chinese consider it one of the major life force tonifying herbs as well as uniquely able to treat and enter all twelve meridians. Read more…
Ginseng

Ginseng (Ginseng)

Korean, Chinese, American and Siberian Ginseng. Each similar yet unique. Considered the “King Herb” in Traiditional Chinese Medicine the herb has an ancient history as a Taoist healing herb for the mind, body and spirit. Read more…
Gou Qi Zi (Lycium – Goji)

Gou Qi Zi (Lycium – Goji)

Chinese legends claim that a Taoist monk lived to be 252 years old by including lycium berries in his daily tonic. Famous for aiding a long, healthy life and longevity, lycium is also known as an excellent blood tonic. Read more…
Guan Ye Lian Qiao (St. John’s Wort)

Guan Ye Lian Qiao (St. John’s Wort)

St. John’s Wort is a yellow flower that can lift your spirits and help stop bleeding. It can be used with other herbs to help detox the liver but it is best known for relieving stress, depression and anxiety. Read more…
Hei Mei (Blackberry)

Hei Mei (Blackberry)

Edible and medicinal, the blackberry has been used by Native American’s and Western Europeans for centuries. It has a long history of healing female disorders and being used in spells for protection from ghosts and vampires. Used in syrups, liqueurs, teas and pies, blackberry leaves are cooling and the roots are astringent. Often used to treat sore throats, diarrhea and wounds. The leaves were often used to wash wounds and help stop them from excess bleeding. Read more…

Hong Hua Pi (Birch)

Hong Hua Pi (Birch)

The birch tree is rich in medicinal, magical and practical history. It has been used since very ancient times by many cultures and peoples for everything from writing and building to magic and disinfecting. Birch is used to clean and irrigate the urinary tract and purify the blood. Read more…
Hong Shan Shu (Red Cedar)

Hong Shan Shu (Red Cedar)

While similar to Cedar, Red Cedar is a different plant indigenous to the Pacific Northwest with a long history of medicinal, spiritual, and practical uses by the Native American tribes living in these areas. Red Cedar is in fact a variety of cypress tree. The healing properties are essentially the same as cedar’s. Read more…
Hou Ma Ren (Cannabis)

Hou Ma Ren (Cannabis)

The use of Cannabis (AKA Marijuana) by many of the world’s cultures to heal the mind and body dates back to ancient times. Here we explore that Eastern and Western history as well as the current usages of this important medicinal herb. Read more…
Hou Po (Magnolia Tree)

Hou Po (Magnolia Tree)

The bark and roots of the magnolia tree have a long tradition in Chinese Medicine for healing and calming upset stomachs, asthma, and vomiting. See magnolia flower for the functions of the flowers and buds. Read more…
Hou Po Hua (Magnolia Flower)

Hou Po Hua (Magnolia Flower)

Magnolia flowers and buds have a long tradition in Chinese Medicine for treating nasal congestion, whitening skin and calming toothaches. Read more…
Hu Die Hua (Iris)

Hu Die Hua (Iris)

Iris cultivation has produced many varieties of species. It is the Flag Irises that are known for their medicinal properties. They are also known as a blood and liver cleansing herb that has been used as a cure-all by Native Americans for centuries. Read more…

Hu Tao Ren (Walnut)

Hu Tao Ren (Walnut)

The Walnut Tree’s history and use as a medicine, food and protector of the spirit dates back through antiquity with almost all cultures using it’s wood to build with, and her nuts, shell husk, leaves, bark and even the spirit of the tree itself to ward off evil, illness, and hunger. Read more…
Hua Mu Pi (Birch)

Hua Mu Pi (Birch)

The birch tree is rich in medicinal, magical and practical history. It has been used since very ancient times by many cultures and peoples for everything from writing and building to magic and disinfecting. Birch is used to clean and irrigate the urinary tract and purify the blood. Read more…
Hua Shi (Talcum Powder)

Hua Shi (Talcum Powder)

Talcum powder is most famous as a lubricant that can help sooth and prevent hot oozing skin conditions such as diaper rash and oozing eczema. In China, talc also has a long history of being used to treat difficult stuck and painful urination and watery diarrhea. Talc is known for being a soft creamy mineral that is the softest mineral on earth. Read more…

Huang Chu Ju (Chamomile)

Huang Chu Ju (Chamomile)

Chamomile is documented as being one of the most popular teas sold in the U.S. and Europe. It is a gentle but highly effective herb famous as a cure-all but best known for soothing digestion, aiding sleep and helping to sooth skin rashes and bruises. This herb is often used in magical formulas to help protect the body, mind and spirit from negative energies and forces. The flowers can be both warming and cooling. Read more…
Huang Qi (Astragalus)

Huang Qi (Astragalus)

With thousands of species in this genus of herbs and small shrubs, Astragalus has been used by both Eastern and Western cultures as a food, medicine and healer of the spirit. Used by martial artists and monks alike To strengthen muscles, life force and increase stamina. Read more…
Jia Yan Ye (Mullein)

Jia Yan Ye (Mullein)

A wonderful hearty herb. Considered an all around remedy for the lungs. Also excellent for treating boils and urinary dysfunction, hemorrhoids and soothing pain. It’s soft velvety leaves are why it is often called the Velvet Plant. Read more…
Jie Gu Mu (Elderberry)

Jie Gu Mu (Elderberry)

Elderberry has a long and distinguished history in Europe and the West as a medicine, beverage and for protecting against evil spirits. Read more…
Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle)

Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle)

Honeysuckle treats asthma and will keep witches from entering your house if you grow it at the entrance to your home. The Chinese also used it to treat snake bites. It is excellent for treating headaches, skin sores, and acute infectious diseases. Read more…
Jin Zhan Ju (Pot Marigold or Calendula)

Jin Zhan Ju (Pot Marigold or Calendula)

Pot Marigolds, also known by their Latin name, calendula, can be used to treat wounds. It is like arnica, only milder and gentler and therefore can even be used on open wounds. This beautiful flower has a long history in India and the West as being sacred and is used in religious ceremonies and rituals. It is a food, a medicine and a wonderful addition to your garden. Read more…
Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum)

Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum)

A beautiful flower, well known as a garden varietal, and in China, it is also full of symbolic meaning and legendary healing capabilities. Read more…
Kun Bu (Kelp)

Kun Bu (Kelp)

Kelp has been celebrated as a food in Asian cultures for centuries. It is recognized in the West for it’s rich supply of iodine, iron, calcium and potassium. All of which make it a wonderful food and medicine. Iodine is critical to the thyroids functions of making sex hormones and metabolizing fats. Read more…
La Gen (Horseradish)

La Gen (Horseradish)

Cultivated since antiquity by cultures the world over the history of this herb ranges from use as a condiment to treating kidney problems, among other things. A culinary herb with medicinal capabilities. Read more…
La Jiao (Cayenne)

La Jiao (Cayenne)

Besides flavoring foods, cayenne is considered wonderful for treating heart and digestive issues. It is an herb that is loved or hated depending on who you talk to because of its strong flavor profile and hot spiciness. Read more…
Lan Zao (Blue-Green Algae)

Lan Zao (Blue-Green Algae)

Blue-green algae / Spirulina changed our Earth forever by their photosynthetic activity that brought the needed oxygen into the environment so new and more-complex organisms, plants and mammals could evolve. It is a highly nutritious food that is loaded with proteins, minerals and vitamins. Read more…

Ling Lan (Lily of the Valley)

Ling Lan (Lily of the Valley)

Lily of the Valley was used medicinally as early as the fourth century. Like the herb foxglove, lily of the valley contains constituents that have a tonic effect on the heart, helping to slow or normalize a weak heartbeat, without putting any extra demand on pulmonary blood supply. Read more…
Liu Ji Nu (Mugwort)

Liu Ji Nu (Mugwort)

Mugwort has long been used as a healing herb that is used both internally and externally. As “moxa” the herb is burned and passed over the portion or area of the body needing to be healed or tonified. Read more…
Liu Shu Pi (Willow Tree)

Liu Shu Pi (Willow Tree)

All willow tree species behaves like aspirin and are mainly used to cool and relieve pain. The bark is excellent for treating chronic inflammation, infection and pain. In 1763, Reverend Edward Snow (1702-68) discovered salicin in willow bark. It is the active ingredient now used in asprin. Salix alba,‘Caerulea’ is a specially grown species of willow found in Britain that is used to make bats for playing the game of cricket. Remember, willow tree (Salix alba) is not willowherb (Epilobium augustifolium). Willow bark has been used for thousands of years as an effective treatment for aches, inflammation, fevers and pain. Read more…

Long Dan Cao (Gentian)

Long Dan Cao (Gentian)

There are many varieties of gentian. In the west, the most commonly used species is yellow gentian (yellow Gentiana). The other varieties have similar properties so they can, and are, also used depending on what is available. There is no better stomach tonic than gentian and it is considered extremely useful in treating jaundice. The Chinese make use of two different species of gentian: Gentiana scabra (Long Dan Cao) and G. macrophylla (Qin Jiao) attributing them with slightly different characteristics. In the west Yellow, Japanese, Autumn, Field, Marsh, Spring, Cross-Leaved and Five-Leaved Gentian are all commonly used interchangeably as they all have similar characteristics. Read more…

Lu Rong (Deer Horn Velvet)

Lu Rong (Deer Horn Velvet)

Deer Horn Velvet has a long history in China as a longevity herb, a strengthening herb and a male aphrodisiac. It is considered a key herb for tonifying Yang and Kidney deficiencies. Deer remain one of the oldest shamanic references in virtually every culture, as all cultures hunted and used every part of the deer as either food, clothing, medicine, glue, shoes, weapons, and more. Read more…
Luo Le (Basil)

Luo Le (Basil)

Well known as a culinary seasoning, basil also has a deep history as a medicine for the body, mind and spirit. It is considered an emblem of hatred by some and a beneficent spirit by others. Read more…
Luo Shi Teng (Jasmine)

Luo Shi Teng (Jasmine)

Jasmine is a sacred flower with a wonderful scent famed for calming and raising the spirit and healing painful abscesses and hot swellings. Read more…

Man Yue Mei (Cranberry)

Man Yue Mei (Cranberry)

Unsweetened cranberry juice has been used for centuries to help protect the urinary system because it can help fight against bacterial infections in the bladder and urethral mucosa. Cranberry juice turns the urine acidic helping to prevent the formation of alkane stones in the urinary tract. Cranberries have one of the highest oxygen radical absorbent capacities among edible berries, making them an excellent protector from cancer causing free radicals in the body. Cranberries were considered a symbol of peace by the Native American Delaware Tribes. Read more…

Manzanita

Manzanita (Manzanita)

With over a hundred species all native to the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and New Mexico this plant has a long history of providing food, medicine and has been smoked by early American Indians. Read more…
Mao Bo He (Catnip)

Mao Bo He (Catnip)

A gentle edible herb that is ideal for treating children’s fevers, but strong enough to be used by adults. Often used by women to help move a stuck menses. Read more…
Mao Xu Cao (Java Tea)

Mao Xu Cao (Java Tea)

Java tea has been found to protect the renal and gastrointestinal organs and passage ways. It is also said to help reduce the effects of allergies and asthma. It is most famous for its anti-inflammatory and urinary health benefits, helping to prevent kidney stones. Java tea is also good at relieving stress and fatigue and has strong antioxidant properties that help protect against free-radical damage and the signs of aging. A daily cup of java tea is said to lower cholesterol, increase brain activity and memory as well as increasing overall brain functionality. Read more…

Mei Gui Hua (Rose)

Mei Gui Hua (Rose)

The Rose was one of the most valued medicinal plants in the monastery gardens of Medieval Europe. Rose petals are very astringent making them excellent for washing skin and bruises. Roses are also classically considered a strong aphrodisiac and anti-depressant. The Persians are credited with the development of rose oil. Read more…
Mo Shi Zi (Oak Gallnuts)

Mo Shi Zi (Oak Gallnuts)

The Oak Tree has a long and powerful history. Used for its wood, acorns, leaves, bark and the spirit of the tree itself. These majestic trees can grow to be hundreds of hundreds of years old. The tree is held to be sacred by many cultures with its nuts, leaves, galls and bark providing medicinal healing and nutritive properties. Read more…
Mo Yao (Myrrh)

Mo Yao (Myrrh)

Myrrh has a long history as a perfume and incense with strong medicinal healing powers. It is known to invigorate blood, prevent gum disease and alleviate pain. As a sacred incense it is known to cleanse and uplift the spirit, opening the mind and heart to all things transcendental and divine. Read more…
Mu (Clover)

Mu (Clover)

Red Clover’s sweet flavor and medicinal properties make it a wonderful ingredient for teas. A member of the bean family, Red Clover is used as a tonic in Chinese Medicine to treat colds and flu. Clover is very good at treating chronic and degenerative ailments. Read more…
Mu Dan Pi (Tree Peony)

Mu Dan Pi (Tree Peony)

Tree Peony is grown throughout the world as an ornamental tree and flower and for its medicinal properties. A symbol of honor and wealth the bark is famous for cooling blood, stopping nose bleeds due to high fevers, easing headaches and healing bruises due to injuries. Due to over-harvesting the wild plant is threatened with extinction. Read more…
Nan Gu (Pumpkin)

Nan Gu (Pumpkin)

Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are both high in zinc and vitamin A making them a wonderful food and herb to help support menses, strengthen the prostrate, and aid fertility. They can also help treat urinary tract infections and support the kidneys. Read more…
Nan Gu Pi (Pumpkin Seeds)

Nan Gu Pi (Pumpkin Seeds)

Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are both high in zinc and vitamin A making them a wonderful food and herb to help support menses, strengthen the prostrate, and aid fertility. They can also help treat urinary tract infections and support the kidneys. Read more…
Ning Meng (Lemon)

Ning Meng (Lemon)

Lemons have been used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. They have been used medicinally, cosmetically, to detox and even to charge simple batteries. Read more…
Niu Bang Zi (Burdock)

Niu Bang Zi (Burdock)

Burdock is primarily respected for its blood cleansing and skin healing abilities. In the West the root is very popular medicinally and in the East (TCM) the fruit/seed is mostly used. In Asia it is a popular food and in the West it has been parboiled and added to artichoke dishes which also tastes like when cooked this way. Read more…
Pi Jiu Hua (Hops)

Pi Jiu Hua (Hops)

Besides beer, hops are best known for aiding sleep and being mildly sedating. Read more…
Pu Gong Ying (Dandelion)

Pu Gong Ying (Dandelion)

Dandelion is probably one of the richest herbal sources of Vitamin K which aids bone mass and helps treat Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. Dandelion is an excellent general tonic for blood, skin and digestion. Read more…
Pu Huang (Cattail)

Pu Huang (Cattail)

Cattails are a medicine and a food. The pollen is most frequently used as a wonderful herb to stop internal and external bleeding. Used for centuries by the Chinese and Native Americans cattails have been used as stuffing for pillows, to stop postpartum bleeding and as a vegetable in stews and salads. The pollen is high in protein. The plants help regulate the cardiovascular system, by preventing clotting and lowering blood lipids. Read more…
Qiaokeli (Cacao)

Qiaokeli (Cacao)

Daily consumption of dark chocolate will lower blood pressure by two to three points. Sprinkling cacao powder on your oatmeal helps your gut produce important microbes that aid the overall medicinal values of cacao. The darker the chocolate the more flavonoids and flavanols it contains. Read more…
Qin Cai (Celery)

Qin Cai (Celery)

Celery stimulates the nervous system and mineralizes the body. Because celery is both a diuretic and depurative it makes it a perfect ingredient for weight-loss programs. 3 glasses of celery juice a day is excellent for treating rheumatism, allergies, stomach disorders, detoxifing, and as an all-round aphrodisiac. Celery has an alkalizing effect on the body, which can help counteract the degenerative effects of the too acid diet many eat today. Read more…

Qin Jia (Gentian)

Qin Jia (Gentian)

There are many varieties of gentian. In the west, the most commonly used species is yellow gentian (yellow Gentiana). The other varieties have similar properties so they can, and are, also used depending on what is available. There is no better stomach tonic than gentian and it is considered extremely useful in treating jaundice. The Chinese make use of two different species of gentian: Gentiana scabra (Long Dan Cao) and G. macrophylla (Qin Jiao) attributing them with slightly different characteristics. In the west Yellow, Japanese, Autumn, Field, Marsh, Spring, Cross-Leaved and Five-Leaved Gentian are all commonly used interchangeably as they all have similar characteristics. Read more…

Qing Hao (Mugwort)

Qing Hao (Mugwort)

Mugwort has long been used as a healing herb that is used both internally and externally. As “moxa” the herb is burned and passed over the portion or area of the body needing to be healed or tonified. Read more…
Qing Pi (Orange Peel)

Qing Pi (Orange Peel)

Oranges bring good luck, are loaded with Vitamin C and the peels are super high in nutrients. There are many different varietals of orange peel, but all of them help build and move Qi (Energy) in the body. They are a powerful and tasty herb often used in combination with other herbs to improve the overall taste of herbal remedies and lend strength to the formula. Read more…
Qu Mai (Carnation)

Qu Mai (Carnation)

Famous as a symbol of Mother’s Day, carnations are also commonly used in teas to help alleviate stress, depression and nervousness. The flowers have been being cultivated for over 2,000 years. Carnations are the national flower of Spain, Monaco and Slovenia. They are edible and wonderful in teas and infusions. Carnations have long been popular for treating stress and urinary tract infections. Read more…

Quan Xie (Scorpion)

Quan Xie (Scorpion)

There are over 100 scorpion-based herbal formulas in Chinese Medicine. Modern studies have proved that Scorpions contain 17 amino acids and 14 trace elements that are essential to the human body, making it not only a medicinal substance but a nutritious food as well. Scorpion stings are painful, but usually harmless. Only 25 species are deadly. An image of evil, and a protector against evil, the scorpion is viewed by many cultures as an ancient healer and a cause of death. Read more…

Rou Dou Kou (Nutmeg)

Rou Dou Kou (Nutmeg)

Famous for soothing the stomach and aiding digestion, nutmeg is a wonderful spice and medicine. It can stop bad breath, ease the pain of arthritis and increase appetite. It is a wonderful addition to herbal remedies for its flavor enhancing properties, soothing effects on digestion and calming action. Read more…

Ru Xiang (Frankincense)

Ru Xiang (Frankincense)

Frankincense has long been used by many cultures to open the mind and soul to the eternal and to god. It has been used in cosmetics, perfumes, and to treat leprosy. The Chinese use it to help heal injuries and pain due to Blood or Qi stasis, including postpartum abdominal pain due to Blood stagnation. Read more…
Sang Bai Pi (Mulberry Bark)

Sang Bai Pi (Mulberry Bark)

White Mulberry has been a source of food for silkworms, a medicine, and a sweetener. Associated with the Tao and other sacred traditions this tree is often planted in sacred gardens or as a symbol of cosmic order and replenishment. The berries are a wonderful herb for nourishing blood. Read more…
Sang Shen (Berry/Fruit)

Sang Shen (Berry/Fruit)

White Mulberry has been a source of food for silkworms, a medicine, and a sweetener. Associated with the Tao and other sacred traditions this tree is often planted in sacred gardens or as a symbol of cosmic order and replenishment. The berries are a wonderful herb for nourishing blood. Read more…
Sang Ye (Leaves)

Sang Ye (Leaves)

White Mulberry has been a source of food for silkworms, a medicine, and a sweetener. Associated with the Tao and other sacred traditions this tree is often planted in sacred gardens or as a symbol of cosmic order and replenishment. The berries are a wonderful herb for nourishing blood. Read more…
See Bo He (Peppermint)

See Bo He (Peppermint)

Cool, warm and refreshing this herbs history dates back as far as 10,000 years ago. Used as food, a drink, an essential oil and a medicine. Read more…
Shan Yao (Chinese Yams)

Shan Yao (Chinese Yams)

Called “fairy food” in China for its congenital and tonic abilities, it is often cut into thick slices and cooked in stews. Used safely by all ages, it is especially noted for improving male and female fertility, aiding digestion and stopping coughs. Read more…
Shan Zha (Hawthorn)

Shan Zha (Hawthorn)

The leaves and berries of the Hawthorn are edible, the leaves when young are used in salads and the berries are made into jams and jellies. This popular garden ornamental plant has long been known for it’s ability to treat many ailments of the heart and circulatory system. Read more…
Sheng Jiang (Ginger)

Sheng Jiang (Ginger)

Ginger produces a hot, fragrant spice that has been used in candy, foods, medicines, teas, beverages and wines. It is used in cooking the world over for its flavor, and ability to detox food. It is a well known cure for motion sickness of all kinds and has a long worldwide history of medicinal use. Read more…
Shenreg (Sage)

Shenreg (Sage)

Sage has been considered one of the top medicinal and culinary herbs for centuries. It is easy to cultivate and has spirit cleansing properties. This herb is a mainstay in many herbal gardens. Read more…
Shepherd’s Purse (Shepherd’s Purse)

Shepherd’s Purse (Shepherd’s Purse)

Shepherd’s Purse is famous for its ability to stop bleeding, especially in the uterus. It is used to heal wounds, bleeding from any internal organ for any reason, heavy menstrual bleeding for any reason from fibroids to endometriosis, to post trauma from surgery to the uterus. In China the leaves are a popular ingredient in dumplings and the herb is used to “brighten eyes.” Read more…

Shui Shan (Redwood)

Shui Shan (Redwood)

The American writer John Steinbeck said, “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe.” Read more…
Spirulina

Spirulina

Blue-green algae / Spirulina changed our Earth forever by their photosynthetic activity that brought the needed oxygen into the environment so new and more-complex organisms, plants and mammals could evolve. It is a highly nutritious food that is loaded with proteins, minerals and vitamins. Read more…

Tai (Moss)

Tai (Moss)

Being highly absorbent and soft, with some antibacterial properties, mosses have long been used to help treat wounds. These same qualities have also led to their being used as insulation in clothing and shoes. In Finland, peat moss has been used to make bread during times of famine. Read more…

Tan Xiang (Sandalwood)

Tan Xiang (Sandalwood)

The tree’s heartwood is considered scared in the Vedic tradition. Sandalwood promotes deep relaxed states that increase the flow of spiritual energy. It relaxes the throat and heart chakras. It is used to treat depression, urinary infections, poor appetite and bronchitis. The herbs strong bitter taste and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent cold remedy. Arabic texts from the 10th century say sandalwood “clears headaches due to heat.” In Ancient China, it was recommended to treat cholera because of its cooling and drying properties. Sandalwood is a unique herb able to treat and balance the body, mind and spirit. Read more…

Tian Men Dong (Wild Asparagus Root)

Tian Men Dong (Wild Asparagus Root)

Wild Asparagus Root, Tian Men Dong, is called Shatavri (“She who has a thousand husbands”) in India. It is a tonic for the lungs, heart and spirit, promoting compassion and love. It is used by both men and woman but is especially used by woman to aid female disorders from PMS to menopause to sexual dysfunction. It is often eaten raw. The best qualify is considered to be soft, chewy and sweet like a jelly bean. Read more…

Tian Shu Kui (Geranium)

Tian Shu Kui (Geranium)

There are many varietals of geranium. Beyond being a lovely garden flower the many varieties exhibit similar healing properties and the leaves and flowers of rose geraniums can also be used in the kitchen as a culinary herb. (NOT all geraniums are edible, but the rose geranium is one that is!) Read more…
Hemlock (Tieshan)

Tieshan (Hemlock)

EXTREME caution advised. Hemlock is a seriously poisonous plant. Ingestion can be lethal. Often mistaken for other plants, it is critical for Western Hemlock to be correctly identified. In China, it is not the poisonous flower that is available but the conifer tree that is grown for it’s foliage and is considered safe and non-poisonous. Read more…
Wu Bei Zi (Sumac Gallnuts)

Wu Bei Zi (Sumac Gallnuts)

The Oak Tree has a long and powerful history. Used for its wood, acorns, leaves, bark and the spirit of the tree itself. These majestic trees can grow to be hundreds of hundreds of years old. The tree is held to be sacred by many cultures with its nuts, leaves, galls and bark providing medicinal healing and nutritive properties. Read more…
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra)

Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra)

Schisandra is considered one of the great longevity tonic herbs. It is famous as an adaptogen, building stamina and as an anti-aging herb. It is also known to impart beauty and sexual endurance to those who use it regularly. Read more…
Xiang Bin Jiu (Champagne)

Xiang Bin Jiu (Champagne)

Champagne is for celebrating but it is also a medicine! It is full of antioxidants and polyphenols that help prevent heart attacks, strokes and lower pressure. New studies are also showing that in small amounts, a small glass per night, it can aid short term memory loss and certain other cognitive functions! So enjoy a few bubbles, relax and have some fun! Happy New Year! Read more…
Xiang Shi (Oak Acorn)

Xiang Shi (Oak Acorn)

The Oak Tree has a long and powerful history. Used for its wood, acorns, leaves, bark and the spirit of the tree itself. These majestic trees can grow to be hundreds of hundreds of years old. The tree is held to be sacred by many cultures with its nuts, leaves, galls and bark providing medicinal healing and nutritive properties. Read more…
Xiao Hui Xiang (Fennel)

Xiao Hui Xiang (Fennel)

With edible leaves, bulbs, seeds and fruit, fennel has a long culinary and medicinal history. Wildly cultivated this herb is also now found naturalized and growing wild in many place of the world. Read more…
Xin Yi (Magnolia Flower)

Xin Yi (Magnolia Flower)

Magnolia flowers and buds have a long tradition in Chinese Medicine for treating nasal congestion, whitening skin and calming toothaches. Read more…
Xiong Guo (Bearberry / Uva Ursi)

Xiong Guo (Bearberry / Uva Ursi)

Bearberry, also known as uva ursi, is most frequently used by Chinese, European and Native American’s to treat urinary tract disorders. Until the discovery of sulfa and antibiotics, bearberry was the treatment of choice for treating bladder, kidney and related infections. The name bearberry comes from the fact that bears love to eat the berries. This herb also helps keep the pH balance of urine from being too acidic. It has a sedating effect on bladder walls and is considered the best at treating chronic inflammation of the bladder or kidneys. Bearberry is also considered a visionary herb that helps those seeking increased psychic ability. Read more…

Xue Song (Cedar)

Xue Song (Cedar)

Cedar has been a revered plant by many cultures throughout history. It is burnt for sacred ceremonies, cleansing energies, healing the lungs as well as used to make teas and infusions to treat a wide variety of ailments. The Cedars of God remain one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Cedars of Lebanon that thrived in ancient times. Read more…
Xun Ma (Nettle)

Xun Ma (Nettle)

Nettles have been used for food, medicine and even to make fabric from. They are famous for being able to relieve almost all symptoms caused by allergies: itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, running nose, and nasal inflammation. The herb’s tonic properties are considered to be anti-aging and help purify the blood. Nettle’s fibers have been used by many cultures, ancient and modern, to make cloth. Nettles also help break curses and spells. Read more…
Ya Luo (Yarrow)

Ya Luo (Yarrow)

Yarrow has often been used in divination and spells. It is a powerfully protective herb and famous for helping to heal wounds and treat influenza. It has a long tradition in European, Native American and Chinese medicine. Yarrow helps treat toothaches, fevers, digestive issues, ulcers, lowers blood pressure and much, much more. Read more…

Yan Mai (Oat)

Yan Mai (Oat)

While Oats were most probably brought north by the Romans, it is in the North that we can recognize the plants gifts. Oats build extremely robust constitutions: consider the North’s extreme climatic and historical conditions (cold, damp, wind, plague, famine). Oatmeal porridge (from the meal not the flakes) was the mainstay food in the Middle Ages for most peasants. Oats feed your soul, your body, and your mind. Read more…
Yao Shu Kui (Marshmallow)

Yao Shu Kui (Marshmallow)

Marshmallow is a wonderful plant for treating both hot dry and hot damp acute conditions. The plant is famous for its moistening properties. Marshmallow is also used to coat sore throats, treat irritated hot bladder infections and lubricate hot achy joint pain. Don’t confuse it with blue mallow, a similar plant but different species that is mostly used externally. Marshmallow is not the candied marshmallows used in desserts, but it can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable. Read more…
Yerba Mansa (Yerba Mansa)

Yerba Mansa (Yerba Mansa)

Growing yerba mansa near your house protects you from evil spirits. The herb has a very low level of toxicity making it a useful herb for treating many conditions. It has been compared to the herb goldenseal as it has similar uses, though yerba mansa is considered safer to use and it has a different chemical makeup. Traditionally the herb is uses to treat colds and flus. To this day many local curanderas (Mexican traditional healers) include yerba mansa in their healing formulas. The plant is often said to have magical qualities that provide protection and give strength to the body, mind and spirit.
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Yi Mu Cao (Motherwort)

Yi Mu Cao (Motherwort)

Motherwort is the plant best known for treating female disorders, hence it’s name “Motherwort.” It treats conditions from pregnancy, to menses, to menopause. It is also famous for calming nerves and giving strength to the heart. Read more…
Yin (Silver)

Yin (Silver)

The history of silver being used as an ingredient for healing goes back to before the days of alchemy. Long recognized for its unique properties as a metal, it was unlikely history would overlook its possibilities to aid in Healing. What’s true and what is still questioned. Read more…
Yu Li Ren (Wild Cherry)

Yu Li Ren (Wild Cherry)

The Chinese use the cherry pits of Prunus japonica, which is in the same Rosaceae family as the Western Prunus serotina and P. avuim. Both the East and the West use the cherry tree’s pit but in different ways. The wild cherries and the bark are typically used in the West. Information on both herbs is included here. Read more…
Yuan Hua (Lilac)

Yuan Hua (Lilac)

Lilacs are edible. They symbolize first love and are said to drive away ghosts. They have long been used in both the Eastern and Western healing traditions to fight fevers, treat coughs and calm the stomach. Lilacs are also used by the cosmetic industry for their aromatic and calming effects. Read more…
Yue Gui Shu Ye (Bay Leaf)

Yue Gui Shu Ye (Bay Leaf)

There are several species of bay trees whose leaves are used as medicines and as culinary herbs. They all have similar aromatic properties, but the Indian Bay tastes more like cinnamon though milder, and the California Bay is considered to have the strongest flavor. Read more…
Za Cao (Willowherb)

Za Cao (Willowherb)

Willowherb (also called Willow Herb) is not to be confused with the Willow Tree (also called Willow White). Willowherb is a lovely plant known mostly for being nutritious and edible, but it is also a good medicine for treating whooping cough and asthma. It is often used with the herb saw palmetto to treat prostrate problems. It is known for its ability to treat urinary tract infections, chronic diarrhea, intestinal irritations, and skin problems ranging from eczema, acne and burns to wounds and boils. The juice of the flowers is highly antiseptic and can be simply squeezed from the fresh petals. Read more…

Ze Xie (Alisma)

Ze Xie (Alisma)

Ancient Chinese texts indicate that alisma promotes an easy labor, fertility and stimulates the female sexual and generative organs. It is considered a pure Kidney tonic. Extracts are showing anticancer properties. Read more…

Zhi Shi (Orange Peel)

Zhi Shi (Orange Peel)

Oranges bring good luck, are loaded with Vitamin C and the peels are super high in nutrients. There are many different varietals of orange peel, but all of them help build and move Qi (Energy) in the body. They are a powerful and tasty herb often used in combination with other herbs to improve the overall taste of herbal remedies and lend strength to the formula. Read more…
Zi Hua di Ding (Violet (Pansy))

Zi Hua di Ding (Violet (Pansy))

While being a lovely gentle flower ,it is equally able to relieve heat, release toxins and resolve masses. As a food, a liquer and an herbal remedy this delicate plant is not to be overlooked. Read more…
Zi Zhu Hua (Echinacea)

Zi Zhu Hua (Echinacea)

While not native to China this plant has a long history in Western herbalism. History reveals a wide variety of usuages and applications. A special plant native to North America and used by the American Indians for a wide range of ailments, injuries, bites and infections. Read more…

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