Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae)

What Is Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae or Siler Root)

Fang Feng also known as Radix Saposhnikoviae or Siler Root is the root of Saposhnikovia divaricata, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Umbelliferae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine with a medicinal history of over 2,000 years. This plant is cold-resistant and drought-tolerant. It often grows in grasslands … Read More

Jing Jie (Schizonepeta tenuifolia)

What Is Jing Jie (Schizonepeta Tenuifolia)

Jing Jie is also known as Schizonepeta tenuifolia, which is an annual plant belonging to the Labiatae. It is a natural cold medicine with a medicinal history of more than 2300 years. This plant is widely distributed and can be found in some countries in Asia and Europe. In the autumn and early winter of … Read More

Elsholtzia ciliata (Vietnamese balm or Xiang Ru)

What Is Vietnamese balm (Xiang Ru)

Vietnamese balm is also called Xiang Ru, Kinh Gioi, or Elsholtzia ciliata, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Lamiaceae. It has a medical history of more than 1,600 years, and all parts of it can be made into medicine. This plant is native to Asia and is now grown in most countries … Read More

Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome)

What Is Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger)

Sheng Jiang is the rhizome of fresh ginger, which is a perennial herb belonging to the Zingiberaceae. It is a common seasoning in Asian kitchens and can be used as medicine. Ginger is a kind of economic plant, which originated in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. It can be found in Asian countries such … Read More

Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf)

What Is Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf)

Zi Su Ye is also known as Perilla Leaf and is the leaf of Perilla frutescens, which is an annual herb belonging to Labiatae. It can be used for medicine and food. More than 2,000 years ago, the Chinese started planting Perilla frutescens. It is now grown in the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, South … Read More

Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig)

Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Ramulus Cinnamomi, Cassia Twig)

Gui Zhi is also known as Ramulus Cinnamomi, or Cassia Twig and is the twig of Cinnamon, which is an evergreen tree belonging to Lauraceae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2000 years. Cinnamon originated in Asia and is now distributed in China, India, Laos, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Most cinnamon is grown artificially. … Read More

Ma Huang (Ephedra)

What Is Ma Huang (Ephedra)

Ma Huang (Ephedra) is a plant with high medicinal value, which is mainly distributed in Mongolia, Russia, and Northeast China. Its whole part can be made into medicine. From autumn to winter every year, people pick Ma Huang, dry them in the shade, cut them off, and make them into Chinese herb. The roots and … Read More