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Nausea is one of the more annoying sensations a person can experience. The causes of nausea vary from motion sickness to unexpected effects from Western drugs. Eating uncontrolled amounts of cold, fatty, sweet, spicy, or processed food can also cause conditions where nausea is a symptom. Chinese medicine views nausea as an phenomenal upward movement of "qi" from the stomach, and anyone who has suffered nausea can say experiencing the "abnormal" feeling like something that should be down, wants to come up.


In light of this, Chinese medicine treats nausea with a number of different methods. First, to deal with the acute sick feeling Chinese medicine uses herbs that help to "redirect" the qi of the stomach downward. There are a number of herbs that are very good for this purpose Fennel, Tangerine peel, and Ginger are three of the most important. Ginger is very well researched for this and all three are very safe as well as being effective.
Next, Chinese medicine looks at the possible causes of nausea and treats them. One of the most common causes is poor digestion or the inability to digest excessively in the diet. This can be due to either weakness or poor eating habits. When a person has poor eating habits food can accumulate, especially meat and fats. Chinese Hawthorne is the most important herb to treat this condition and is widely used in China by people on a daily basis or during holidays when they tend to over-eat.


To strengthen the digestion there are a number of excellent herbs. The combination of Bai-zhu Atractylodes, Codonopsis, Chinese Licorice, and Poria is called the "Four Gentlemen" is the most famous combination in Chinese medicine to strengthen the digestion. When Ginger and Tangerine peel are added this become the "Six Gentlemen" and is particularly useful when there is digestive weakness leading to nausea, vomiting, and other digestive difficulties.


When the digestion is weak its ability to process food and fluids is poor and they can accumulate, especially fluids. The combination of Job's Tears, Poria, and Astragalus are very good for both strengthening and helping the body to rid itself of this accumulated fluid. Finally, sometimes there is inflammation in the stomach and the combination of Dendrobium and Job's Tears is excellent to cool the inflammation and nourish the stomach.


Most people will suffer occasionally from this very uncomfortable ailment. The use of Chinese herbs can be extremely helpful in treating this and relieving the suffering of an otherwise disturbing time. For those that have a chronic nausea problem, Chinese herbs could be the answer they are looking for.

Thomas Avery Garran is a Chinese medicine practitioner with 17 years of experience, a number of articles, and a book, "Western Herbs According Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Practitioners Guide." His blog is http://sourcepointherbs.blogspot.com and he is writing for the website, http://www.immuneenhance.com/products/apazin

Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women's menstrual cycle, it effects a women's physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how herbs effect women with PMS.

1. Chaste berry tree
Chaste berry tree is a very important herb which has been used by herbalist in normalizing and regulating women menstrual cycle. It contains variety of substances that help to act on hypothalamus and pituitary gland by increasing the release of luteinizing hormone and inhibiting the follicle-stimulating hormone, thereby it helps to balance the levels of estrogen and progesterone during menstrual cycle resulting in lessening the symptoms of PMS.

2. Black cohosh
Black cohosh is phytoestrogenic. it helps to inhibit the levels of bad estrogen and increase the levels of good estrogen in our body either caused abnormal function of liver or environment toxins accumulated in the body. It also have anti spasmodic effects resulting in decrease the risk of nervous tension for some women with PMS.

3. Skullcap
Skullcap is liver tonic plant, it helps to improve liver synthetic carbohydrate and in fat and protein metabolism resulting in reducing the risk of nervous tension and menstrual cramps.

4. Dandelion
Dandelion has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating liver disease. By detoxifying the clogged liver, it helps to vitalize the liver in estrogen regulation resulting in lessening the risk of estrogen and progesterone imbalance for women with PMS.

5.Milk thistle
Milk thistle besides helps to re strengthen the liver function by stimulating the regrowing of new liver cells, it's linoleic acid also aids liver in fat and protein metabolism resulting in increasing the levels of good prostaglandins hormone which reduce the symptoms of PMS such as breast tenderness and pain, menstrual cramps.

6. St. John Wort
St. John wort has been used for thousand of years in traditional medicine in treating depression because it helps to inhibit the fluctuation of serotonin hormone. It also contains substance which helps to reduce nervous tension and has a diuretic effects in treating water retention.

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Asthma causes symptoms of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Due to the fact that asthma is incurable, treatment will be needed throughout life. Modern treatment includes long-term control medication as well as rescue treatments such as inhalers. However, for thousands of years herbs have been used in Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and by the Native Americans to reduce inflammation, open the airways, decrease congestion and relieve the symptoms of asthma. Since stress can be a trigger for an asthma attack, many of the herbs that treat stress will also help to treat asthma and vice versa. These herbs relax the body, which reduces airway constriction and also decreases the incidence of asthma attacks. In addition to the herbs listed below lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, passionflower, oats, ginseng, gotu kola, angelica, cocoa, coffee, ginger, licorice root, parsley, elderberry, and eucalyptus have had beneficial effects on the respiratory system for treating asthma.

Anise-Anise can treat asthma by opening up the airways and relieving coughing and wheezing. Anise is an expectorant, which helps to loosen phlegm and secretions from inside the respiratory tract. It clears out congestion, which can cause airway blockages and tightness.

Elecampane- Elecampane can be used to treat shortness of breath, chest affections, diseases of the lungs, asthma and bronchitis. It is used to calm irritating bronchial coughs and assists in expectoration. Elecampane is best when used in combination with other herbs such as mullein, white horehound, coltsfoot, pleurisy root, lungwort and yarrow. Elecampane can be used in a decoction or infusion, where 1 teaspoon is added to hot water and drank 3 times a day.

Grindelia- Grindelia is an expectorant, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory which treats bronchial problems, respiratory impediments from phlegm and asthma. It has a relaxing effect on the muscle lining of the smaller bronchial passages. This helps to clear mucus congestion. Grindelia slows the heart rate and desensitizes the bronchial nerve endings, which makes breathing easier. The dried leaves and flowering tops are used in herbal infusions and tinctures. Steep in hot water for 10-15 minutes and drink 3 times a day. Some experience side effects such as renal irritation.

Hyssop- Hyssop is considered to be a sacred cleansing herb. It has expectorant, antispasmodic, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Hyssop is helpful to sedate coughing caused by asthma. Hyssop has been prescribed for lung disorders, pleurisy, asthma, phlegm, bronchitis, and respiratory infections. Hyssop is calming and helps to expel phlegm from the lungs. Hyssop should only be used for a short period of time due to possible toxicity. The leaves and flowers are distilled for their essential oils. Hyssop blends well with other herbs such as sandalwood, lavender, ylang ylang, rosemary, clary sage, cypress, geranium, and lemon.

Wild Cherry Bark- Wild Cherry Bark is a mild sedative with expectorant, astringent, tonic, and anti-tussive properties. It treats irritable, persistent coughs, bronchitis, pertussis, and irritated respiratory mucosa. While sedating the sensory nerves in the lungs it reduces the cough reflex, which allows increased respiration. Wild Cherry bark is not for long-term use due to the risk of toxicity and may cause drowsiness. It should be combined with other herbs to effectively treat asthma. Wild cherry bark should be made into an infusion and drank 3 times a day.

Motherwort- Motherwort is an antispasmodic, mild sedative and mild relaxing agent. It improves blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels and calms the nerve. Motherwort relieves asthma, bronchitis, and lung problems by decreasing lung spasms. It is normally mixed with mullein in an infusion. It is recommended to drink 3 times a day.

Mullein- Mullein is a respiratory tonic, antispasmodic, antibiotic, and expectorant. It can be used to eliminate coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma. Mullein soothes the mucous membranes, reduces inflammation and spasms within the bronchial airways. Mullein can treat emphysema, colds, flu, bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma. It encourages mucus production, which allows for proper expectoration. Mullein used in tea works quicker and more effectively to relieve asthma attack.

Gingko Biloba- Gingko Biloba acts as a bronchodilator and reduces inflammation within the lungs. It dilates and tones the blood vessels, which reduces damage and improves blood supply.  Some studies suggest gingko can reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Gingko Biloba is also an antioxidant. Gingko can be found in supplement form as a pill or liquid.

Turmeric- Turmeric is an antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, alterative, antibacterial and carminative. It has been used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammation. Turmeric has bronchodilating effects as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Turmeric can be made into tea, steeped in hot water or hot milk, or even added to food.

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The use of herbs for arthritis healing and pain is becoming accepted and popular all over the world. Used since ancient times by Chinese homeopaths, herbs offer many pain relieving and circulatory benefits. Most of these herbs, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, can alleviate your need for narcotic pain relievers.

What is Arthritis?

Do you wonder what arthritis is? If so, you are not alone. Many people suffer intense pain but do not know that they have arthritis. There are many types of arthritis, two of the main types being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a painful inflammation or changes in joint tissue. If your condition has been diagnosed as osteoarthritis, herbs can help with circulatory problems and digestion.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second major form of the disease. This type of arthritis is caused by an autoimmune problem. Inflammation will be very painful and could be deforming. Herbs are also effective for addressing this severe form of arthritis. The herbs used will include those for circulation and digestion as well as herbs for boosting the immune system and herbs that ease inflammation.

Herbs for Digestion

Healthy digestion is a very important factor for people who suffer from arthritis. Many times a person with arthritis is unable to digest calcium and minerals from the foods they eat. In these cases, herbalists use enzymes to help with digestion. These enzymes can be digested before your meal and will help your body absorb the calcium and minerals it needs. An herbal concoction of bitters works well to help with digestion. Several different herbs are combined with bitters, which is an alcohol derivative.

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral for arthritis. This mineral is one that cannot be absorbed by many people with the disease. However, there are herbs for arthritis that can help your body absorb magnesium. Nettles, fennel, sage and marjoram, along with parsley and alfalfa, can be utilized by arthritis suffers. These herbs will help relieve muscle cramps caused by a lack of magnesium in your system.

Silica can be taken to improve calcium absorption and it will help improve bone density. Horse tail is a great source of silica and is used in many arthritis preparations.

Topical Herbs for Arthritis

There are also several good topical herbs for arthritis pain relief. The best is also the strangest and is usually performed by an herbalist. The technique, called moxabustion, involves the use of the mugwort root. Herbalists grind this herb into a powder and roll it in paper much like a cigarette. One end of the rolled herb is lit. After the lit end turns red the ground mugwort root will be passed back and forth very close to the affected area. The area will redden and the herbalist will move to another spot.

As mentioned, this technique is most often performed by an experienced professional. Although Moxa sticks can be found in many Chinese stores you should never attempt this treatment by yourself.

Herbs for arthritis can be extremely helpful in treatment and stabilization of the disease. Discussing your options with your doctor will help you find the best way to reduce the pain and gain control of your joints.

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Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. The occurrence of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) have more than doubled over the past 50 years due to the acceptance of it as a medical condition that is caused by unhealthy diet with high in saturated food. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women's menstrual cycle, it effects a women's physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss How Chinese herbs-morinda root ( ba ji tian) effects women with PMS.

I. Definition
Morinda is a member of the Rubiaceae family, native to Malaysia and Australia. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating reproductive, urinary and menstrual disorders.

II. How Chinese herbs affect women with PMS.

1. Water retention
Morinda root contains high amount of potassium which is essential for balancing the levels of salt in the body and improving the lymphatic function in regulating the fluid in our body tissues. Deficiency of potassium causes water retention for some women with PMS.

2. Linoleic acid
Morinda contains high amount of linoleic acid which helps to convert essential fatty acid in to GLA resulting in lessening the production of PGE2 and reducing the uterus pain and cramps.

3. Flavone glycosides
Since it also contains flavone glycosides, it helps to improve the muscle of the large intestine in moving stool resulting in lessening the risk of constipation.

4. Immune system
It also contains carotene, vitamin A and C which is not only vital for immune system in fighting against irregular cells growth including tumors, cancer and endometriosis, but also guard our body against infection and inflammation including the women reproductive system.

5. Beta-sitosterol
The chemical compound beta-sitosterol are phytosterol with chemical structure similar to that of cholesterol, it helps to improve circulatory system in binding against the bad cholesterol in the bloodstream resulting in icreasing the transportation of oxygen and nutrient to the nercous system cells thereby, decreasing the symptom of nervous tension caused nutrients and oxygen deficiency.

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurrence have more than double over past 50 years due to the acceptance of its as medical condition and caused by unhealthy diet with high in saturated food. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of ovaries related to women menstrual cycle, it effects the women's physical and emotional state and sometimes interference with daily activities as resulting of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome happens in one or two weeks before menstruation and then declining when the period starts. It is said the symptoms can be so severe that between 10-15% of women have to take time off work, costing businesses millions of dollars a year. In this article, we will discuss how Chinese herbs - fennel seed (xiao hu xiang) effects women with PMS.

I. Definition
Fennel is a perennial herb, native to the southern Europe and Mediterranean. It has been used in Chinese medicine in treating sexual libido and digestive disorder.

II. How Chinese herbs - fennel seed ( xiao hu xiang) effects women with PMS.
1. Water retention and weigh gain
Fennel seed contains potassium which is vital for sympathetic function in regulating the fluid in the body tissues resulting in lessening the risk of water retention and weigh gain caused by deficiency of potassium.

2. Menstrual pain and cramps
It also contains high amount of essential fatty acids which are necessary of the liver in regulating the production of good prostaglandins hormones. Unbalancing of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids causes inability of conversion from linoleic acid to GLA resulting in increasing the risk of over production of PGE2 and premenstrual pain and cramps.

3. Flavonoid
Fennel seed also contains rutin. one of the member of flavonoid which not only help to improve immune system in fighting against virus and inflammation, it also prevents the symptoms of PMS caused by negative allergic reaction including headache and nervous tension.

4. Digestive system
Fennel seed also contains substances which help to improve the digestive system in absorbing vital vitamins and minerals that is necessary for women with PMS because most of them are found to have some kinds of nutrients deficiency.

5. Essential Oil
Essential oil extracted from fennel seed contains estragole, anethole which help to reduce the nervous tension caused fluctuation of levels of serotonin and adrenaline resulting in lessening the
risk of depression and anxiety.

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Herbs and spices are amazing. There are no two ways about it. They are spectacular additions to our food and they can be effective medicine for many of our ailments.

I am especially fond of herbs in cooking and cuisine. Just try to imagine how bland our food would be if it did not contain any herbs or spices. Think of how much less rich Italian cuisine would be if there never were any basil. Imagine the cooking of Southern France without herbes du Provence.

And just think of all the things that mint leaves go into. We would not have any chocolate mint ice cream. We would not have any mint juleps. If there were no mint, our breaths would certainly be a lot less fresh.

Just think how less extraordinary Thai food would be without lemon basil. Lemon basil adds such a delightful lightness and succulence to Thai food that I would hate to be without it.

Indian cuisine would be radically different without the spices of cumin and cardamom pods. And I believe it would probably be a whole lot blander. After all, there can be no curry without cumin.

Cinnamon powder is also used widely in Indian cuisine. But it is also employed extensively in Western cuisine, particularly in desserts. How I love to have cinnamon toast in the morning. I enjoy Mexican churros. And cinnamon buns are among my favorite things to eat. If we had no herbs and spices, I shudder to think what we would eat and drink.

Of course, herbs are usde for more than just cooking. We also use them for our health. For instance, neem leaf has been shown to help with a variety of skin conditions. And raspberry leaf has been used to help women who are getting ready to bear children. And goldenseal root has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.

In fact, herbs have been used by many of the world's cultures for their medicinal properties. Western doctors are increasingly recognizing the medicinal effects of many herbs and natural substances.

Herbs are of great benefit to humankind. I am very happy that we have them as part of our daily lives.

Mike Gramsby enjoys writing about organic herbs and spices, for cuisine and natural health, including cardamom pods,
cinnamon powder, and
goldenseal root.

If you want to know what is infertility, then all you need to do is visit one of the search engines and type the keyword. There is much to be found online about this problem that men and women across the world face every day. While there are several processes for overcoming infertility, the use of Chinese herbs in connection with infertility has been getting greater notice by couples all over the world.

What is infertility? To put it simple, it is the incapability of a male or a female to reproduce. For men, infertility is mainly caused due to the lack of adequate sperm production needed to impregnate the woman. Among women, infertility may happen in two areas – incapability to conceive and miscarriage. Infertility is a world-wide and escalating problem. It is believed that the pollution-filled environments that we live in could be a contributing factor. Stress, whether it is due to career pressures, economic conditions, personal situations, etc. can also be a cause for infertility. Whatever the reason, infertility causes a lot of stress in itself.

One of the most natural cures for infertility is the use of Chinese herbs. There has been a lot of research on Chinese herbs and infertility and the deduction is that they are very safe because they don't cause any side effects. Chinese herbs work differently to cure infertility. They work on curing the deficiency in the hormone system, they make the reproductive organs work normally and they also reduce the heat syndrome that affects the other organs of the body. Chinese herbs and infertility is best understood when you have spent some time on understanding "what is infertility".

There are more than 150 types of herbs that are used in Chinese medication to treat infertility. These herbs work on the different parts of the body and improve their functioning. Typically, they start off by improving the liver and kidney functions. They also improve blood circulation and manage to cleanse the entire body. A combination of all this enables one to reproduce. Some of the most common herbs used in Chinese medicine for fertility include Lonicera, Patrinia, Gardenia, Atractylodes, Ginseng, Codonopsis, Astragalus and Phellodendron.

There could be so many reasons why infertility is caused. Most couples go through extreme stress when they are incapable of reproducing. What is required in such cases is to visit a specialist and get to know what is infertility. When the cause for the infertility is known, then it becomes easier to choose the best mode of treatment. Many infertility specialists today recommend Chinese herbs because of their efficiency. Chinese herbs and infertility is now a known name in this area.

For being stress-free and to have a treatment for infertility, ensure you know what is infertility. If needed, do some research on Chinese herbs and infertility and see what will benefit you. A new member in the family will create a bonding that will get your entire family together.

If you want to know about Chinese herbs and infertility you first need to understand what is infertility .

The best-known and most researched western immune stimulant herb is Echinacea. Modern research demonstrates that Echinacea works more effectively when combined with other immune stimulating herbs that also help manage fever, drain the lymphatics and resolve mucous congestion. For example, the Chinese herbs Andrographis leaf, Forsythia green fruit, Lonicera flowers, Platycodon root, Magnolia buds, Isatis root and Glycyrrhiza root (Liquorice) combine well with Echinacea to enhance its therapeutic effects. This combination can activate immunity to overcome a number of conditions including cold, flu, fever, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, middle ear infection and mucous congestion especially in the ears, nose and throat.

Taking this Echinacea-Chinese herb formula to activate the immune system at the earliest signs of a cold, flu or cough will not only increase the body's resistance to infection but also reduce the risk of needing antibiotics and minimise the chance of repeat infection. Of course antibiotics have their place during certain acute infections but they attack bacteria only. Herbal immune stimulants activate the body's natural defences against all 'bugs' and speed up recovery during the acute phase of infection. This means that if antibiotics are required they can work together with immune stimulating herbal medicine to more quickly and completely overcome an infection.

Recently, a woman relayed her experience using the above integrated Echinacea-Chinese herb combination. "I usually suffer for at least a week whenever I contract a head cold. This time a friend told me about a Chinese herbal medicine containing Echinacea, so I tried some with immediate results. The fever subsided and didn't return, the clear watery mucus stopped running from my nose and the sore throat also disappeared overnight. I continued taking the combination for 2 days after all symptoms disappeared just to make sure the virus didn't come back."

However, sometimes the immune system does not full recover after an acute infection passes. Common symptoms of this stage in convalescence include recurrent low grade fevers, night sweats, sore throats, mucous cough, exhaustion, weakness and aches and pains. These symptoms require treatment for 2-4 week with immune restorative herbs or immune system tonics. The best immune system tonic to take to restore resistance and vitality during convalescence or chronic infection and illness are Astragalus root, Schisandra berries, Codonopsis root, Atractylodes root, Ganoderma (Reishi mushroom), Ligustrum berries and Liquorice root.

Immune restorative herbs are not recommended during the acute infection but can be taken alone or in conjunction with immune stimulating herbs during the pre- and post-acute phases of infection (overlapping areas). Immune stimulants are only recommended during the acute infection phase.

In summary therefore, always take an Echinacea-based (immune stimulant) formula at the earliest signs or symptoms of a bacterial or viral infection. Follow on this treatment with an Astragalus-based (immune restorative) formula during the recovery or convalescent phase of infection and for long-term protection.

Paul Keogh ND, DMH is a qualified Naturopath and medical herbalist with 20 years combined experience in clinical practice and the development of medicinal-grade, integrated Chinese and western herbal medicines. Paul regularly reviews the benefits of vitamins, supplements and vitamin tablets for different goals and conditions.

As we mentioned in previous article, premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their diet. It is defined as faulty function of ovaries related to women menstrual cycle, it effects the women's physical and emotional state and sometimes interference with daily activities as resulting of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome happens in one or two weeks before menstruation and then declining when the period starts. It is said the symptoms can be so severe that between 10-15% of women have to take time off work, costing businesses millions of dollars a year. In this article, we will discuss How Chinese herbs - yellow dock root effects women with PMS.

I. Definition
Yellow dock is a perennial flowering herb, native to Europe. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in whole body toxins elimination and increasing liver over all functions.

II. How Chinese herbs - yellow dock root effects women with PMS.
1. Vitamins
Yellow dock roots contains vitamin A and C which are antioxidants and not only necessary for immune function in protecting our body against any foreign virus invasion but also fighting against any infection and inflammation of the reproductive organs for some women with PMS.

2.Pre menstrual pain and cramps
It not only helps to increase the digestive system in vitamins and minerals absorption, but also stimulates the production of bile of liver in breaking down of fatty acids, resulting in balancing the of prostaglandins hormone and lessening the risk of premenstrual pain and cramps

3. Kidney function
Since yellow dock root helps to remove toxins through kidney function in urinary secretion, it helps to reduce the risk of water retention and weight gain.

4. Laxative
Beside helping to reduce bowel inflammation and irritation, it also act as laxative in moving stool in the large intestine resulting in decreasing the risk of constipation.

5. Phosphorus
It also contains the vital mineral phosphorus which is not only essential in aiding the production of energy but also binds to hemoglobins in red blood cells thereby increasing oxygen delivery to the tissues of the body resulting in lessening the risk of fatigue and tiredness.

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