Lu Dou (Mung Bean, Green Gram or Moong)

What Is Lu Dou (Mung Bean, Green Gram or Moong)

Lu Dou commonly known as Mung Bean, Green Gram, or Moong is the seed of Vigna radiata, which is an annual herb belonging to the family Leguminosae. It is a common ingredient in East Asia and is often used to make Lu Dou Tang (Mung Bean Soup) and Lu Dou Gao (Mung Bean Cake). Vigna … Read More

Si Ji Qing (Dong Qing Ye or Folium Ilicis Chinensis)

What Is Si Ji Qing (Dong Qing Ye or Folium Ilicis Chinensis)

Si Ji Qing also known as Dong Qing Ye or Folium Ilicis Chinensis is the leaf of Ilex chinensis, which is an evergreen tree belonging to the family Aquifoliaceae. It first appeared in <Bencao Shiyi> (Gleanings from the Bencao) around 739 AD. This plant is hardy and likes a warm climate. It often grows in … Read More

Bai Lian (Ampelopsis Radix)

What Is Bai Lian (Ampelopsis Radix)

Bai Lian commonly known as Ampelopsis Radix is the tuberous root of Ampelopsis japonica, which is a deciduous climbing vine belonging to the family Vitaceae. It first appeared in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> in the late Western Han Dynasty (about 100 BC). This plant grows on hillsides, shrubs, or grasslands at an altitude of 100-900 … Read More

Senecio Scandens (Qian Li Guang)

What Is Senecio Scandens (Qian Li Guang)

Senecio Scandens is also known as Qian Li Guang, which is a perennial climbing herb belonging to the family Compositae. It first appeared in <Ben Cao Tu Jing> (Illustrated Canon of Herbology) in 1,061 AD. This plant often grows in forests, shrubs, or riversides at an altitude of 50-3,200 meters. It is distributed in China, … Read More

Xiong Dan (Bear Gall or Bear Bile)

What Is Xiong Dan (Bear Gall or Bear Bile)

Xiong Dan is also known as Bear Gall or Bear Bile and is the dry bile of Ursus arctos or Ursus thibetanus, which is a vertebrate belonging to the family Ursidae. It is rare animal medicine, which first appeared in <Tang Ben Cao> in 659 AD. Ursus arctos is commonly known as the brown bear … Read More

Shan Ci Gu (Pseudobulbus Cremastrae seu Pleiones)

What Is Shan Ci Gu (Pseudobulbus Cremastrae seu Pleiones)

Shan Ci Gu also known as Pseudobulbus Cremastrae seu Pleiones is the pseudobulb of Cremastra appendiculata, Pleione bulbocodioides, or Pleione yunnanensis, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Orchidaceae. It first appeared in <Bencao Shiyi> (Gleanings from the Bencao) around 739 AD. Cremastrae appendiculata has a high horticultural value. It often grows in … Read More

Bai Hua She She Cao (Oldenlandia Diffusa or Hedyotis Diffusa)

What Is Bai Hua She She Cao (Oldenlandia Diffusa or Hedyotis Diffusa)

Bai Hua She She Cao is also known as Snake Needle Grass, Spreading Hedyotis, Oldenlandia Diffusa, or Hedyotis Diffusa, which is an annual herb belonging to the family Rubiaceae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Guang XI Zhong Yao Zhi> (List of traditional Chinese medicine resources in … Read More

Lobelia Chinensis (Chinese Lobelia or Ban Bian Lian)

What Is Lobelia Chinensis (Chinese Lobelia or Ban Bian Lian)

Lobelia Chinensis is commonly known as Chinese Lobelia or Ban Bian Lian, which is a small perennial herb belonging to the family Campanulaceae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Compendium of Materia Medica> in 1,578 AD. This plant is hardy and likes humid environments. It often grows … Read More

Potentilla Discolor (Fan Bai Cao)

What Is Potentilla Discolor (Fan Bai Cao)

Potentilla Discolor is also known as Fan Bai Cao, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Rosaceae. It first appeared in <Jiuhuang Bencao> (Materia Medica for Relief of Famines) in 1,406 AD. This plant is drought-tolerant and often grows in wastelands, valleys, riversides, grasslands and sparse forests at an altitude of 100-1,850 meters. … Read More

Potentilla Chinensis (Wei Ling Cai)

What Is Potentilla Chinensis (Wei Ling Cai)

Potentilla Chinensis is also known as Wei Ling Cai, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Rosaceae. It first appeared in <Jiuhuang Bencao> (Materia Medica for Relief of Famines) in 1,406 AD. This plant often grows in grasslands, valleys, forest edges, shrubs, or sparse forests at an altitude of 400-3,200 meters. It can … Read More