Tian Hua Fen (Radix Trichosanthis)

What Is Tian Hua Fen (Radix Trichosanthis)

Tian Hua Fen also known as Radix Trichosanthis is the root of Trichosanthes kirilowii or Trichosanthes rosthornii, which are perennial vine belonging to the Cucurbitaceae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. All parts of these two plants can be made into medicine. Trichosanthes kirilowii often grows on hillsides, thickets or grasslands … Read More

Lu Gen (Rhizoma Phragmitis or Reed Rhizome)

What Is Lu Gen (Rhizoma Phragmitis or Reed Rhizome)

Lu Gen also known as Rhizoma Phragmitis or Reed Rhizome is the rhizome of Phragmites, which is a perennial aquatic herb belonging to the family Gramineae. It first appeared in <Mingyi Bie Lu> around 420-589 AD. There are more than 10 species of this genus, which often grow in rivers, ponds, swamps, and low-humid lands. … Read More

Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)

What Is Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)

Zhi Mu is also known as Rhizoma Anemarrhenae, which is one of the earliest medicines discovered and applied in traditional Chinese herbal medicine. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. The Zhi Mu referred to herein is the rhizome of Anemarrhena asphodeloides, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Liliaceae. … Read More

Shi Gao (Gypsum)

What Is Shi Gao (Gypsum)

Shi Gao also known as Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral, which belongs to mineral medicine. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. Many countries have gypsum. Among them, the main producers are the United States, China, Iran, Spain, Germany, and France. The use of gypsum is very wide. It can be … Read More

Mu Zei (Scouring Rush or Rough Horsetail)

What Is Mu Zei (Scouring Rush or Rough Horsetail)

Mu Zei is also known as Scouring Rush, Rough Horsetail, Shave Grass or Equisetum hyemale, which is a perennial evergreen herb belonging to the Equisetaceae. It has a medicinal history of more than 1,000 years. This plant often grows in the humid forest or lakeside with an altitude of 1,000-3,000 meters. It can be found … Read More

Fu Ping (Duckweed or Spirodela polyrhiza)

What Is Fu Ping (Duckweed or Spirodela polyrhiza)

Fu Ping is also known as Duckweed or Spirodela polyrhiza, which is a perennial aquatic plant belonging to the Araceae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. This plant often grows in paddy fields, ponds, or other lentic habitats. It is widely distributed in temperate and tropical regions of the world. Duckweed … Read More

Xi Xin (Chinese Wild Ginger, Asarum)

What Is Xi Xin (Chinese Wild Ginger, Asarum)

Xi Xin is also known as Chinese Wild Ginger and is the root and rhizome of Asarum, which is a perennial herb belonging to the Aristolochiaceae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. Asarum is a single genus with 85 species, most of which are distributed in Asia and a small number … Read More

E Bu Shi Cao (Centipeda minima)

What Is E Bu Shi Cao (Centipeda minima)

E Bu Shi Cao is also known as Centipeda minima, which is an annual herb belonging to the Asteraceae. It first appeared in <Shi Xing Ben Cao> (Diet Herbal) in the 10th century. This plant often grows in fields and wetlands at an altitude of 100-1,900 meters and is a common weed that is currently … Read More

Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae)

What Is Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae)

Sheng Ma is also known as Rhizoma Cimicifugae and is one of the commonly used medicines in traditional Chinese medicine. It has a medical history of more than 2,300 years. Cimicifuga is a perennial herb belonging to the Ranunculaceae family. There are 18 species in this genus, which are distributed in temperate regions of the … Read More

Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)

What Is Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)

Chai Hu is also known as Radix Bupleuri or Chinese Thorowax Root and is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. Bupleurum is a large genus of the Umbelliferae family and is an annual or perennial herb. There are approximately 190 species in this genus, most of … Read More