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Astragalus Root: A Fundamental Herb in TCM

 What is Astragalus? Astragalus, ever heard of it? Maybe you’ve heard of it by its other names Milkvetch or Huang Qi? The astragalus plant is part of the legume family, and its roots have been a fundamental herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 5000 years. The Astragalus has over 1000 species, but only two, astragalus membranaceus and astragalus mongholicus are used for medicinal purposes. The plant is native to northern and eastern regions of China, but have also been spotted in Mongolia. Its roots are the only part of the plant that are used for medicinal purposes, and are generally used from plants that are around four years old. In TCM, this herb has been used to boost...

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Why you Should Add Goji Berries to your Diet

What are Goji Berries? Goji Berries, also referred to as Lycium Barbarum or Wolfberries, is a brightly colored fruit that is native to Asia and has been used as a medicinal herb and food for over 2,000 years, with the first recorded use of the fruit being in 250 B.C. Goji berries are high in several vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Fiber, Iron, Zinc, Protein and Antioxidants. Some consider this fruit as a “Superfood” and have been used for its wide range of potential benefits from cancer prevention to erectile dysfunction. Goji Berries are a staple in traditional Chinese medicine. What are the Benefits of Goji Berries? Goji Berries are becoming a lot more popular in...

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The Many Nutritional Benefits of the Hibiscus Flower

What is Hibiscus? Hibiscus is a flower known by a number of names across the globe, and grows in an even greater number of colors, and shapes and sizes. The popularity of the plant has increased in recent years due to its potential nutritional benefits. The flower itself, which is dried and used most commonly in teas, is as beautiful as it is healthy, being heavy in Vitamin C and Antioxidants. One of the many benefits of Hibiscus is its ability to not only treat, but also prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), as it is considered to work as an antibiotic to kill bacteria and lower inflammation that cause UTI's, which is why we've added it as one of the...

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What are the Benefits of Ginseng?

What is ginseng and what does it do?  There’s a lot of talk about ginseng right now but is it any good and what’s all the fuss about? In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), energy is a holistic force that circulates through the entire body. Qi plays a vital role in how our energy levels stay consistent throughout the day. Signs of imbalance in the body, in relation to Yin and Yang, can motivate deficiencies associated with energy levels. Qi – The vital energy of life in traditional Chinese medicine must be replenished for energy levels to be stable.      Is it safe and how can I add it to my diet? Ginseng is safe and has many benefits that help to...

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