Ban Lan Gen (Radix Isatidis)

What Is Ban Lan Gen (Radix Isatidis)

Ban Lan Gen also known as Radix Isatidis is the root of Isatis Indigotica, which is a biennial herb belonging to the family Cruciferae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Tang Ben Cao> in 659 AD. This plant is used medicinally. Its leaves can also be made … Read More

Da Qing Ye (Folium Isatidis)

What Is Da Qing Ye (Folium Isatidis)

Da Qing Ye also known as Folium Isatidis is the leaf of Isatis Indigotica, which is a biennial herb belonging to the family Cruciferae. It first appeared in <Mingyi Bie Lu> around 420-589 AD. This plant is native to China and is now distributed in Hebei, Jiangsu, Anhui and Shaanxi provinces of China. Its roots … Read More

Chuan Xin Lian (Andrographis Paniculata)

What Is Chuan Xin Lian (Andrographis Paniculata)

Chuan Xin Lian is also known as Andrographis Paniculata, which is an annual herb belonging to the family Acanthaceae. It is commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine and Ayurvedic medicine with a medicinal history of over 5000 years. This plant is native to India and Sri Lanka and is now widely distributed in South and … Read More

Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae)

What Is Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae)

Lian Qiao also known as Fructus Forsythiae is the fruit of Forsythia suspensa, which is a deciduous shrub belonging to the family Oleaceae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine with a medicinal history of over 2,000 years. This plant often grows in shrubs, grass, or sparse forests at an altitude of … Read More

Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonicerae)

What Is Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonicerae)

Jin Yin Hua also known as Flos Lonicerae is the flower bud and early flower of honeysuckle. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Mingyi Bie Lu> around 420-589 AD. Honeysuckle commonly known as Lonicera is a semi-evergreen shrub of the Caprifoliaceae family. There are about 180 species … Read More

Ma Wei Lian (Thalictrum)

What Is Ma Wei Lian (Thalictrum)

Ma Wei Lian is the root and rhizome of Thalictrum. It first appeared in <Ben Cao Gang Mu Shi Yi> (a supplement to the compendium of materia medica) in the 30th year of Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1,765 AD). Thalictrum is a perennial herb of the Ranunculaceae family. There are about 200 species of … Read More

Radix Berberidis (San Ke Zhen)

What Is Radix Berberidis (San Ke Zhen)

Radix Berberidis also known as San Ke Zhen is the root of Berberis. It is an ethnic medicine commonly used by the Tujia people in western Hubei, which first appeared in <Fen Lei Cao Yao Xing> (Properties of Medicinal Herbs by Category) in the 32nd year of Guangxu in Qing Dynasty (1,906 AD). Berberis is … Read More

Sophora Alopecuroides (Ku Dou Zi)

What Is Sophora Alopecuroides (Ku Dou Zi)

Sophora Alopecuroides is also known as Ku Dou Zi, which is a perennial herb of the family Leguminosae. It is a commonly used ethnic medicine in Northwest China, which first appeared in <Handbook of Chinese Herbal of Xinjiang> in 1,970 AD. This plant grows mostly in arid deserts or grasslands. It is distributed in Northwest … Read More

Bai Xian Pi (Cortex Dictamni)

What Is Bai Xian Pi (Cortex Dictamni)

Bai Xian Pi also known as Cortex Dictamni is the root bark of Dictamnus dasycarpus, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Rutaceae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> in the late Western Han Dynasty (about 100 BC). This plant often … Read More

Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavescentis)

What Is Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavescentis)

Ku Shen also known as Radix Sophorae Flavescentis is the root of Sophora Flavescens, which is a deciduous shrub belonging to the family Leguminosae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. This plant often grows on hillsides, grass slopes, or shrubs below 1,500 meters above sea level. It can be found in … Read More