HERBS IN BLOOD PRESSURE FORMULA™
One of the three orchids mentioned in the Materia Medica, Gastrodia was used in TCM to "calm the liver" and alleviate discomfort. Modern science indicates that Gastrodia may be beneficial for promoting feelings of comfort and for supporting the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation.
Called Du Zhong in TCM, Eucommia bark was used to tonify the kidneys and liver. Today we know that it contains tannins and flavonoids. It has been studied by modern scientists for its potential to affect the adrenal system.
Achyranthes root contains ecdysterone, a hormone that is known to have lipid-lowering effects that can significantly help support healthy blood pressure levels already within the normal range. In modern times it is often used as a bodybuilding supplement in larger doses. Achyranthes root has been used in TCM for blood health for thousands of years and was used traditionally to activate and promote blood flow and dredge the liver and kidney meridians.
Chinese Skullcap Root
Chinese Skullcap is one of the most widely-used herbs in Chinese medicine, particularly as support for the bronchioles and the larger respiratory system. Skullcap contains compounds that support the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation, encourage natural immune function, and promote healthy urine flow, bile production, and more.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Gardenia is most commonly used to "drain fire," i.e. to help maintain normal body temperature and support the body's natural, healthy state free from excess inflammation. Gardenia is also commonly used for nasal pressure balance, to calm the body, and relax muscles.
A Chinese legend goes that a famous herbalist used the Fo-ti stem to live to the ripe old age of 256 while maintaining 24 wives (yes, that way). While we wouldn't tout its benefits to quite that extent, modern research indicates that an alkaloid in fo-ti stem does have rejuvenating properties, and while the body of scientific work is still scanty, evidence exists that it has antioxidants that support various functions in the body including the maintenance of natural hair color.
Part of the mistletoe family, Loranthus is also called "mulberry mistletoe" and is often confused with regular mistletoe. This plant has been studied for its possible benefits to the circulatory system.
Uncaria Rhynchophylla Stem
More commonly known as Cat's Claw, this TCM herb was used to clear heat and was believed to extinguish wind. Test tube studies indicate it may help promote the body's ability to dilate blood vessels, including those in the cranium.
Chinese Motherwort Herb
A form of mint, motherwort has been used for centuries for both emotional balance and to encourage healthy blood flow in menstruating women. Modern science has revealed evidence that motherwort can help promote healthy circulatory function within the body. In India, it is believed if you make motherwort tea and add it to your laundry, it will bring peace and harmony to your home.
Siegesbecia Orientalis Herb
This weed may not be pleasant to be around (the translation for the Chinese name, Xi Xian Cao, is "pig pungent weed" because of the smell) but its use goes back as far as the Tang dynasty. Modern research indicates it may be beneficial in helping the body balance blood flow.
Asian Water Plantain Root
In TCM, Asian water plantain root is often used to promote urination and remove dampness. Originally found in the Fujian, Sichuan, and Jiangxi provinces, the traditional uses of this tuber first appeared in the Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica, written around 4,500 years ago. Some modern scientific evidence exists that it may help support immune and urinary health.
Poria Fungal Body
Poria, which contains multiple vitamins and other nutrients essential to healthy cardiac function and blood circulation, is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to rid the body of excess "dampness." In the process, it helps balance electrolytes and revitalizes the spleen, which is responsible for storing half of the body's white blood cells (monocytes). This supports the immune system and helps it function properly.
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