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Herb Talk: tonics

Herb Talk: tonics

Tonics are herbs that strengthen the body in some way.  Either supporting a particular organ system or energy.  In traditional Chinese medicine we have herbs that boost different types of energy in the body: qi, blood, yin and yang.

Astragalus (huang qi) – Qi tonic

huang qi

huang qi

Boosts the body’s energy and immune function.  Helps treat fatigue, poor appetite, nausea and diarrhea, as well as reducing water retention.

Longan (long yan rou) – Blood tonic

long yan rou

long yan rou

Nourishes the blood, which provides a calming effect to treat insomnia, fearfulness, poor memory or dizziness.

Walnut (hu tao ren) – Yang tonic

Walnut

Walnut

Strengthens the kidneys which helps with low back or knee pain, as well as frequent urination of large volume .  It has a warming and moistening nature which can help soothe the lungs and treat constipation.

Lily bulb (bai he) – Yin tonic

Lily bulb

Lily bulb

Soothes the lungs for dry cough.  I often recommend steaming lily bulb with pear and adding honey for residual dry cough.  Lily bulb also has a calming effect when there is restlessness, irritability and insomnia.

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