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丹参 Danshen Salvia miltorrhiza

Salvia miltorrhiza Dānshēn 丹蔘

This is part of a monograph from the book De Pei Ben Cao (Materia Medica Properly Combining) 1761. 《得配本草》 丹参:一名赤参,一名奔马草。苦,微寒。入手少阴、厥阴经血分。养血活血,生新血,去宿血。治风邪留热,除产后烦热,开心腹结气,调女人经脉,有孕能安, 死胎可落,愈冷热痨,止骨节痛。配白芷、芍药、猪脂,敷乳痈。配查炭、益母草,酒炒,清血瘀。心血不足以养神,神不安而虚火动者,丹参补之。 Dan Shen: 1 name is red shen (ginseng), 1 name is “galloping horse” herb. Bitter, slightly cold. Enters the hand shao-yin, jue-yin channels and blood aspect. Nourishes and quickens blood, engenders new blood, eliminates […]

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Is Drinking Milk Healthy? Harvard Scientists Don’t Think So!

A new article published in JAMA Pediatrics says that drinking milk, especially low-fat milk and other sugar sweetened milk products is NOT healthy. See full article here: http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1704826

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Centella asiatica, Gotu Kola

A bit of commentary on Gotu Kola (unedited)

This is from the commentary of Thomas’ forthcoming book…enjoy! Gotu Kola is a member of the genus Centella in the Apiaceae family, which is a small genus of less than 20 species mostly found in South Africa. The genus is not a common morphological representation of the family which usually has very obvious umbrella shaped […]

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Blessed Thistle

A Bit of Commentary for Blessed Thistle

With the new book almost completed, Thomas will be posting a few bits here and there from various parts of the book…stay tuned! Blessed Thistle is a member of the Asteraceae family in the Centaurea genus. The Centaurea genus is large with about 500 species worldwide with many noxious or invasive weeds.1 This annual plant […]

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Ambrosia artemesiifolia

Ambrosia – A Little Commentary

The genus Ambrosia is native to North America but a couple of the species are native in other places in the world and several species have become successful weeds worldwide (see below). The common name, Ragweed, is well known to those who suffer from allergies because the pollen from many of the species in this […]

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Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Solidago species (Goldenrod)

Here’s a little on Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) from the commentary in Thomas’s up-coming book. Solidago is a genus of about 120 species with a center of biological diversity in North America. There are a handful of species in Mexico and South America and Europe, but only three species native to China. All three species are, […]

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Lycopus europaeus drawing

Gypsywort: Lycopus

Here’s a little commentary on what Culpeper wrote about Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus). The genus Lycopus is used in Europe, North America, and China, and perhaps other places. Do you know of other species used? I have used two North American species (L. americanus and L. asper), the former from the East Coast while the latter […]

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Juniper communis

A Bit of Juniper Commentary

Culpeper  says of Juniper, “The berries are hot in the third degree, and dry but in the first…” Here, Culpeper states that the herb is very hot, but not overly drying, or at least not in a way that will damage the body unless taken in excessive doses. He also says, “…they provoke urine exceedingly, […]

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Mullien flower

Mullein Flower

Mullein flower Verbascum thapsus and others Scrophulariaceae Chinese name: máo ruǐ huā (毛蕊花) Verbasci flos Favor and Qi: acrid, bitter, warm Channels entered: liver, heart, lung Actions: diuretic, expectorant Functions & Indications: Moves qi and resolves blood stasis for pain due to qi stagnation and blood stasis, such as earache, hemorrhoids, and knocks and falls. […]

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Hops: A Little Commentary

Hops is native to Europe and West Asia, growing as a perennial vine, it inhabits thickets on forest margins in the wild, but is heavily cultivated. Hops is one of the most consumed herbs in the world, next to tea and coffee, because of its use in the production of most beer. Hops is a […]

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