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Meet Our Herbs

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Dr. Lu’s Nourishing Life herbal inventory is comprised of high quality, clean, organic Chinese herbs. Dr. Lu only works with small organic farms in China to supply the Nourishing Life dispensary. He sources his herbs from Buddhist and Daoist monasteries, and from small coop farmers that he connects with personally.

Our exceptional herbal formulas originate from the monastery where Dr. Lu was trained, and are personally tailored to each individual’s needs.

Dr. Lu’s formulas have been historically validated, as they have been used effectively for hundreds of years. They have also been tested extensively in modern day medical clinics in China.



  • YI YI REN / COIX SEEDS
YI YI REN / COIX SEEDS

Parts Used: Seed
Medicinal Use: Yi Yi Ren supports the spleen, lung and kidney meridian systems. It helps to relieve pain and spasms, as well as stiff joints. Additionally, Yi Yi Ren is used to alleviate digestive ailments including diarrhea. This herb also exhibits cancer preventative qualities, and is traditionally used to inhibit the growth of certain cancers, including cancer of the liver, lung, and pancreas.



  • GOJI / WOLFBERRY
GOJI / WOLFBERRY

Parts Used: Fruit
Medicinal Use: Goji is one of the most nutrient dense herbs. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to impact the lung, liver, and kidney meridians. Goji is effective in boosting the immune system, and helping the body combat the many negative effects of stress. Whether used in cooking or boiled in a tea, Goji is used to increase strength and longevity.



  • SUAN ZAO REN / WILD JUJUBE
SUAN ZAO REN / WILD JUJUBE

Parts Used: Seed
Medicinal Use: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Suan Zao Ren is used for nourishing the heart and liver meridians. Because of its soothing and tranquilizing effect on the nervous system, Suan Zao Ren has traditionally been used to calm the heart in cases of anxiousness and restlessness. It is beneficial to those struggling with depressive moods, and is a powerful herb for quelling sleep disturbances.



  • HUANG QI / ASTRAGULUS
HUANG QI / ASTRAGULUS

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: Huang Qi has been revered for centuries in China for its strengthening and restorative properties. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is associated with the lung and liver meridians. Huang Qi is traditionally used to strengthen and regulate the immune system, and plays an important role in speeding up the healing process. By virtue of being an adaptogen, it protects the body against physical, mental, and emotional stress.



  • HONG HUA / SAFFLOWER
HONG HUA / SAFFLOWER

Parts Used: Flower
Medicinal Use: Hong Hua has been grown for medicinal, edible, cosmetic and fabric dyeing purposes. The seeds of this plant, when pressed, yield oil high in unsaturated essential fatty acids. This is helpful for protecting cell membranes in the body. In Traditional Chinese medicine, it is associated with the heart and liver meridians, and traditionally used to stimulate and improve blood flow. This can benefit sluggish circulation, and women’s menstrual cycles.



  • MEI GUI / ROSEBUD
MEI GUI / ROSEBUD

Parts Used: Flower
Medicinal Use: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, these flowers are useful in clearing infections, removing toxins, and relieving the common cold and respiratory infections. Mei Gui has traditionally been used for its uplifting and calming effect on the nervous system, benefiting those troubled by depressive moods and sleep disruptions. Women may find rosebud useful for balancing hormones, regulating menstruation, and restoring fertility.



  • GAN CAO / LICORICE ROOT
GAN CAO / LICORICE ROOT

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: In Asia, Gan Cao has been used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it impacts the heart, lung, spleen and stomach meridians. Gan Cao has traditionally been used to soothe inflamed tissues, in cases that involve a sore throat and dry cough. Its anti-inflammatory properties assist in clearing skin conditions. This herb has antiviral and adaptogenic properties, which aid the body in combating stress and fatigue.



  • GE GEN / KUDZU ROOT
GE GEN / KUDZU ROOT

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: Ge Gen impacts the spleen and stomach meridian systems. In traditional Chinese medicine, this herb is used to release muscles, relieving tightness and stiffness in the upper back and neck. Additionally, it helps to reduce symptoms of hypertension, dizziness, headaches, and tinnitus. It also alleviates diarrhea and dysentery.



  • SHAN ZHA / HAWTHRON BERRY
SHAN ZHA / HAWTHRON BERRY

Parts Used: Fruit
Medicinal Use: Hawthorn Berry can be used in tea or cooking. When baked, it has been noted to assist in stopping diarrhea. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it impacts the stomach, spleen, and liver meridians, promoting better digestion and overall gastrointestinal health. Hawthorn has traditionally been recognized for nourishing and balancing the cardiovascular system, encouraging smooth blood flow throughout the system and aiding blood pressure regulation.



  • GAN JIANG / GINGER
GAN JIANG / GINGER

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: Gan Jiang is widely used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it impacts the heart, lung, spleen and stomach meridians. Traditionally, it is used to create internal warmth in the body. As a result, it is especially helpful in treating cold or numb extremities, and moving congestion and mucus through the lungs. Ginger root provides support for the gastrointestinal system by promoting digestion, stimulating a poor appetite and helping to alleviate nausea.



  • TIAN MA / GASTRODIA ROOT
TIAN MA / GASTRODIA ROOT

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: Tian Ma impacts the liver meridian system and is commonly used as a treatment for numbness, vertigo, and epilepsy due to its ability to tranquilize and harmonize liver energy. This herb is also beneficial for alleviating pain, and is often used to treat back pain, leg pain, and migraines.



  • FU LING / PORIA / CHINA ROOT
FU LING / PORIA / CHINA ROOT

Parts Used: Fruit
Medicinal Use: Fu Ling is traditionally used as a yin tonic, promoting health and balance in the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it impacts the kidney, heart, lung and spleen meridians. It benefits the circulation of energy in the stomach, which is key to maintaining the health of all other internal organs. Additionally, Fu Ling is used to assist in fluid metabolism. Finally, it has an effect on emotional balance, as it is said to quiet the heart and calm the spirit.



  • CHEN PI / CITRUS PEEL
CHEN PI / CITRUS PEEL

Parts Used: Peel
Medicinal Use: Chen Pi impacts the lung, spleen and stomach meridian systems. It is used to regulate the body’s energy and corrects stomach and spleen energy stagnation. Chen Pi is used to balance symptoms such as fullness, epigastric or abdominal distention, as well as poor appetite. It is also used to support lung health and plays a role in combating symptoms such as fatigue and coughing.



  • CHUAN BEI MU / FRITTILARIA MONTANA
CHUAN BEI MU / FRITTILARIA MONTANA

Parts Used: Bulb
Medicinal Use: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this herb is associated with the heart and lung meridians, and soothes and calms dry coughs. Traditionally, Chuan Bei Mu has been used as an expectorant, clearing mucus and congestion.



  • JU HUA / CHRUSANTHEMUM
JU HUA / CHRUSANTHEMUM

Parts Used: Flower
Medicinal Use: In China, Chrysanthemum tea has been used as a curative and preventative health beverage for over one thousand years. It is associated with longevity and wellness, as Jua Hua is gentle but effective strengthening and supporting the immune system and aiding in detoxification. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this flower is associated with the lung, kidney, and liver meridians, and is used for soothing fevers, headaches or chest pains.



  • KU DING CHA / BITTER SPIKE TEA
KU DING CHA / BITTER SPIKE TEA

Parts Used: Leaves
Medicinal Use: Ku Ding Cha is a cooling herb that impacts the lung, spleen and stomach meridian systems. It is helpful to reduce inflammation and is frequently used to treat the common cold due to its ability to alleviate coughing and clear the head and eyes. This tea also minimizes symptoms such as poor digestion, inability to focus, and memory loss. Modern research suggests that the herb promotes blood circulation as well as lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.



  • BAI SHAO / WHITE PEONY ROOT
BAI SHAO / WHITE PEONY ROOT

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: Bai Shao has been used for 1,500 years by Asian women to ease menstrual symptoms including cramps, heavy bleeding, hot flashes and headaches. In Traditional Chinese medicine, Bai Shao benefits the circulatory and nervous systems, as well as the liver meridian. Because of its impact on these systems, it positively impacts reproductive health, while also  demonstrating great pain relieving properties.



  • JIN YIN HUA / HONEYSUCKLE
JIN YIN HUA / HONEYSUCKLE

Parts Used: Flower
Medicinal Use: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, honeysuckle petals have immune boosting and antibacterial properties that combat the presence of pathogens in the body. This herb is associated with the heart, lung and stomach meridians. It contains antioxidants, and has traditionally been used to assist with cleansing and clearing the lungs in respiratory disorders. Jin Yin Hua assists in the soothing and cooling of inflammation.



  • HE SHOU WU
HE SHOU WU

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: In Traditional Chinese medicine, this root supports and nourishes the liver and kidney systems, and supports one’s Jing, or essential life force. Due to its ability to remove toxins from the body, He Shou Wu is revered for promoting longevity and slowing down the aging process. He Shou Wu is traditionally used to nourish the body’s immune system and reproductive health. For centuries, it has been used to stimulate and maintain sexual drive.



  • HUANG QIN / SKULLCAP ROOT
HUANG QIN / SKULLCAP ROOT

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: One of the oldest known medicinal herbs, It is associated with the gallbladder, large intestine, lung and stomach meridians. By efficiently cleansing and clearing toxins from the body, Huang Qin is used to benefit those experiencing respiratory disorders, or who suffer from allergies. Huang Qin has anti-inflammatory properties and can also help to relieve headaches and fever.



  • YUHUDIE / JADE OR WOOD BUTTERFLY
YUHUDIE / JADE OR WOOD BUTTERFLY

Parts Used: Seed
Medicinal Use: From a Traditional Chinese perspective, this herb is used to regulate qi and impact the lung, liver and stomach meridians. Originating from the Jade Butterfly tree, this seed has traditionally been used to treat coughs, hoarseness and sore throat. It also harmonizes digestion by relieving gas pains.



  • TAO REN / WILD CHINESE PEACH PIT
TAO REN / WILD CHINESE PEACH PIT

Parts Used: Seed
Medicinal Use: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tao Ren benefits the heart, lung, liver and large intestine meridians. Traditionally, it has been used to optimize function of the circulatory system, which allows wound healing to occur at a quicker pace. Additionally, it can help to dispel abscess formation and soothe inflammation.



  • SHAN YAO / CHINESE YAM
SHAN YAO / CHINESE YAM

Parts Used: Root
Medicinal Use: From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese wild yam impacts the kidney, spleen and lung meridian systems. It is credited with many health benefits, and can be used for culinary or medicinal purposes. It is traditionally used for digestive imbalances such as poor appetite or loose stool, fatigue, and chronic cough. It is also effective for treating hormone related concerns such as PMS and hot flashes related to menopause.

 



  • WU WEI ZI / SCHIZANDRA BERRY
WU WEI ZI / SCHIZANDRA BERRY

Parts Used: Fruit
Medicinal Use: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, all five major organ systems are strengthened and nourished by this herb. It balances the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and central nervous systems. It has adaptogenic properties, which aid the body in combating the negative effects of stress. Traditionally used as a tonic, Wu Wei Zi yields enhanced physical energy and mental clarity, while also providing a sense of calm and well-being.


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