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Centella asiatica

Asiatic Pennywort

Asiatic pennywort, also known as Gotu Kola and Indian pennywort, is an herbaceous herb in the flowering plant family Apiaceae, native to Asia and Taiwan wetlands. Asiatic pennywort is recorded as a medicinal plant in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol. II” published by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

Asiatic pennywort has long been used as food and medicine in Asian countries.

  • Clears heat, drains dampness and quenches thirst.
  • Boosts digestion.
  • Boosts chi and blood flows.
  • Detoxes, anti-inflammatory.
  • Balances nervous system to relieve stress and assist in mental health.
  • Stops itching from insect bites.

Rhinacanthus nasutus

Bignose Rhinacanthus

Bignose Rhinacanthus is an herb in the Acanthaceae family native to tropical Asia. It grows on hills, road side, wetlands etc. This herb is recorded as a medicinal herb in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan (III)” published by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Clears heat and drains dampness.
  • Moisturizes lung, clears lung heat and soothes coughing.
  • Activates liver chi and blood boosting liver self-rejuvenation.
  • Detoxes

Blumea hieraciifolia

Also known as hawkweed leaf blumea, Blumea hieraciifolia is a genus of Blumea, found in the tropical and sub-tropical zones of Asia, native to Taiwan. It is recorded as a medicinal herb in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol. III” published by Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Clears heat, drains dampness and quenches thirst.
  • Detoxes and stops swelling.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supports lung health and treats lung related pathological symptoms.

 

“The whole plant clears heat and resolves toxins. It is used to treat diarrhea and poisonous insect stings. It cools the blood, activates the blood and expels pus. It can be used to treat pulmonary diseases.” from the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol. III”

Sphagneticola calendulacea

Chinese Wedelia

Chinese Wedelia is a flowering plant in the genus Sphagneticola. It is recorded as a medicinal plant in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol.III” published by Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Clears heat and quenches thirst.
  • Dissolves bruise.

Reduces swelling

Lycium spp.

Chinese Wolfberry

Also known as Goji, Goji Berry, Chinese Wolfberry is in the nightshade family, native to Asia. It is recorded as medicinal plant in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol. III” published by the Committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Chinese Wolfberry has been a traditional Chinese medicine and is a common tonic herb used in Asian cuisine.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Chinese Wolfberry has long been used as an immune booster.
  • Protects liver and inhibits fatty liver.
  • Protects eyes from blue light and overuse.
  • Slows down eye aging.
  • Nourishes kidney and lung.

Dendranthema morifolium

Chrysanthemum Flower

Chrysanthemum is a flowering plant in the genus of Chrysanthemum, in the family Asteraceae. It is recorded as medicinal plant in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol. III” published by the Committee on Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Chrysanthemum flowers are traditionally used to make Chinese chrysanthemum tea and in Chinese medicine.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Disperses wind and clears heat.
  • Soothes liver and improve vision.
  • Reduces swelling.
  • Treats wind-heat syndrome due to external contraction and the initiation of wind-warm syndrome.
  • Treats fever-induced headaches, dizziness, painful and swollen eyes.
  • Treats cataracts.
  • An important medicine in ophthalmology.

* Data is from the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol. III”.

Ficus formosana

Also known as Milk Fig Tree and Beechey Fig, Ficus formosana is a shrub of Moraceae family. It is recorded as a medicinal plant in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol.III” published by Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan. Its fruits、leaves、stems and roots are all good for use as tonic food and traditional Chinese medicines.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Taiwan residents like to stew stems and roots to make a tonic chicken soup.
  • The fresh leaves can be stir-fried or made soup as a dish.
  • Tonifies bones、sinews and muscles.
  • Boosts chi and blood circulations.
  • Disperses wind induced syndromes and drains dampness.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces swelling.

Houttuynia cordata

Also known as fish mint and fish leaf, Houttuynia cordata is a perennial plant in the genus Houttuynia, native to southeast Asia and Taiwan. This herb is recorded as a medicinal herb in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan (I)” published by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan. Fresh herb has a pungent fish smell but dried herb is fragrant.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Clears lung heat and eases coughing.
  • Eases respiratory related symptoms.
  • Clears heat and drains dampness.
  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic

Scoparia dulcis

Licorice Weed

Also known as sweet-broom and goatweed, Licorice Weed is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family, native to Taiwan. Licorice Weed is recorded as a medicinal herb in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol.III” published by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Drains dampness.
  • Balances tea flavor and quenches thirst.
  • Detoxes, anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces swelling and stops itching.

Silybum marianum

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is an annual or biennial herb of the family Asteraceae. This herb is found throughout the world and is widely grown in north America、Europe and Asia as a medicinal material.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • The fruit of milk thistle has been used in treating liver related health problems in traditional Chinese medicine. Many scientific studies have proved its effectiveness to support liver health against liver pathological symptoms. Nowadays, it is widely used as herbal supplement for liver health.
  • Clears heat and drains dampness.

 

Anredera cordifolia

Madeira Vine

Madeira vine is an evergreen climber, a species of succulent vine of the family Basellaceae. The leaves are heart-shaped. Madeira Vine is recorded as a medicinal plant in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol.II” by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

Madeira vine is highly valued as a nutritional vegetable dish in Taiwan restaurants.

  • A multi-functional tonic for blood、kidney、liver and bone growth.
  • Tonifies weak body after recovery from illness.
  • Disperses wind and dampness.

Morus alba

Mulberry Leaf

Mulberry is a flower plant in the family Moraceae and grows in temperate zone. It has been used as an herbal medicine since ancient times.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Mulberry leaves tea is good for anti-aging.
  • Mulberry leaves can be cooked as a congee soup.
  • Clears heat.
  • Boosts lung’s natural cleansing and self-repair.
  • Lowers blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipids.
  • Boosts liver health.

Bidens pilosa

Pilose Beggarticks

Beggarticks is an annual species of herbaceous flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae. It is widely found as weed in tropical regions and is also commonly found in Taiwan’s countryside. This herb has been used as food and medicine. It is recorded as a medicinal herb in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan (III)” published by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • For generations this herb has been used by Taiwan residents as cold drink in summer to clear summer heat and treat heat stroke.
  • The whole plant clears heat, resolves toxins, drains dampness and unblocks meridians.
  • Quenches thirst.

Pteris Multifida

Pteris Multifida is a species of ferns in the family Pteridaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is recorded as a medicinal herb in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan (I)” published by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Clears heat and drains dampness.
  • Cools blood and stops bleeding.
  • Detoxes and reduces swelling.
  • Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic

Salvia miltiorrhiza

Salvia

Also known as red sage, Chinese sage, tan shen, or danshen, salvia is a perennial plant in the genus Salvia.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Salvia is highly valued by Chinese doctors since ancient time. It has been used to boost chi and blood flows.
  • Protects cardiovascular system.
  • Anti-inflammatory

Sedum sarmentosum

Stringy Stonecrop

Stringy Stonecrop is a perennial flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae native to Asia. It is a common Chinese medicine.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Clears heat and drains dampness.
  • Supports liver health. Nowadays it is widely used to treat liver related pathological problems.
  • Anti-inflammatory, antibiotic

Uraria crinita

Also known as Rabbit’s Tail、Dog’s Tail and Nine Tails, Uraria Crinita is subshrub of Fabaceae family, native to Taiwan. It is easy to be found in hillsides and wild lands and is also farm grown in large scale. Uraria crinite is recorded as a medicinal plant in the book of “The Illustration of Common Medicinal Plants in Taiwan Vol.II” published by the Committee of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan. The whole plant including root is good for tonic or medicinal use.

 

Traditional Health Benefits

  • Its roots are commonly stewed to make chicken soup as a tonic dish.
  • Clears heat and drains dampness.
  • Stimulates appetite.
  • Boosts digestion.
  • Activates chi and blood.
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