Honey gets its sweetness from the moonssaccharides fructose and glucose, and has about the same relative sweetness as sucrose (granulated sugar). It has attractive chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavor when used as a sweetener. Most microorganisms do not grow in honey, so sealed honey does not spoil, even after thousands of years. Components of honey under preliminary research for their potential antibacterial properties include methylglyoxal, hydrogen peroxide.
In traditional Chinese medicine, where it is known as gé gēn (gegen), kudzu is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs thought to have therapeutic effects.
Peppermint, also known as Mentha balsamea Wild
Peppermint oil is under preliminary research for its potential as a short-term treatment for irritable bowle syndrome, and has supposed uses in traditional medicine for minor ailments. Peppermint oil and leaves have a cooling effect when used topically for muscle pain, nerve pain, relief from itching, or as a fragrance.
Rehmannia is a perennial plant of the Phrymaceae family also known as the lopseed family.
It is similar in appearance to foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). Its leaves are mostly at ground level and it blooms with flowers that can range from yellow to burgundy in color.
The plant was brought from Asia to the West in the eighteenth century and is cultivated mostly as an ornamental garden plant in the United States and Europe. The whole plant is used to make herbal medicine. It is commonly used in combination with other herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Medicine.
Turmeric also known as Curcuma longa, has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, in traditional Chinese medicine It was first used as a dye, and then later for its supposed properties in folk medicine.
Although the precise origin of turmeric is not known, it appears to have originated from Southeast Asia. In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric has been used as a treatment for a variety of internal disorders, such as indigestion, throat infections, common colds, or liver ailments, as well as topically, to cleanse wounds or treat skin wounds.
In traditional Chinese medicine the herb is described as spicy or pungent, bitter, warm, and aromatic, acting on the spleen and stomach meridians.
A number of effects of the herb are described as ways of “drying dampness”:
As a stomachic: for “Damp obstruction or accumulation in the Middle Jiao”, with symptoms such as low appetite, abdominal distension, epigastric distress and fullness, indigestion, dyspepsia, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, weariness, a heavy sensation in the body, and a thick greasy tongue coating.
To eliminate exopathogens: to “dispel wind-damp-cold (bisyndrome)”, explained as “headaches and body aches, fever, chills, blocked nasal passages, and an absence of sweating”.
To treat “damp heat conditions” in the lower Jiao, including “Damp Leg Qi, aching and swollen joints, and vaginal discharge” (leukorrhea). This includes relieving arthralgia, swollen knees, and foot pain.
To induce sweating.
It is also used to treat night blindness or optic atrophy, either alone or as a component of Shi Ju Ming, and to relieve stagnant liver qi, reducing stress and relieving depression, in mixtures such as Jue Ju Wan.
Artemisia scoparia is a Eurasian species in the genus Artemisia, in the sunflower family.
Antibacterial; Anticholesterolemic; Antipyretic; Antiseptic; Cholagogue; Diuretic; Vasodilator.
The plant is anticholesterolemic, antipyretic, antiseptic, cholagogue, diuretic and vasodilator. It has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, B. subtilis, Pneumococci, C. diphtheriae, mycobacterium etc. It is used in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis and inflammation of the gall bladder. The plant is also used in a mixture with other herbs as a cholagogue.
Wormwood is actually used to eliminate intestinal worms, especially roundworms and pinworms. It’s owed thanks and praise for being the source of the key ingredient for the herbal drug artemisinin, which is the most powerful antimalarial on the market.
Poria, also known as Wolfiporia extensa
Indications for use in the traditional Chinese medicine include promoting urination, to invigorate the spleen function (i.e., digestive function), and to calm the mind.
Solomon’s seal has been used for thousands of years in herbal medicine. It is used mainly in the form of a poultice and is believed to prevent excessive bruising and to stimulate tissue repair. The root is astringent, demulcent, emetic and tonic. An infusion is healing and restorative, it is good in the treatment of stomach inflammations, chronic dysentery etc. It is used with other herbs in the treatment of pulmonary problems, including tuberculosis, and women’s health issues. The powdered roots make an excellent poultice for bruises, piles, inflammation etc. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use.
Biotechnology firms are working on deriving a telomerase from Astragalus. The chemical consituent cycolastrgenoll (also called TAT2) is being studied to help combat HIV, as well as infections associated with chronic diseases or ageing However, the National Institutes of Health states: "The evidence for using astragalus for any health condition is limited. High-quality clinical trials (studies in people) are generally lacking. There is some preliminary evidence to suggest that astragalus, either alone or in combination with other herbs, may have potential benefits for the immune system, heart, and liver, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer".
Research at the UCLA AIDS Institute focused on the function of cycloastragenol in the aging process of immune cells, and its effects on the cells' response to viral infections. It appears to increase the production of telomerase, an enzyme that mediates the replacement of short bits of DNA known as telomeres, which play a key role in cell replication, including in cancer processes.
Chinese Salvia, also known as red sage, Chinese sage, tan shen, or danshen, it is a perennial plant in the genus Salvia, highly valued for its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Native to China and Japan, it grows at 90 to 1,200 m (300 to 3,940 ft) elevation, preferring grassy places in forests, hillsides, and along stream banks. The specific epithet miltiorrhiza means "red ochre root". In China, Salvia miltiorrhiza (alone or combined with other Chinese herbal medicines) has been used for a variety of diseases such as angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and acute ischemic stroke.
Ginseng, also known as Panax
Although ginseng has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, modern research is inconclusive about its biological effects.Preliminary clinical research indicates possible effects on memory, fatigue, menopause symptoms, and insulin response in people with mild diabetes.
“Seanol” is a trade name for standarized natural complexes of unique marine molecules which originate as second metabolites from specific brown algae. Seanol molecules with their chemical structures derived from dibenzo-p-dioxin skeleton represent a unique category of polyphenol often called phlorotannins. Their unique polyphenolic structures endow them with wonders of biological activities which are not found in terrestrial plants.
Seanol products are manufactured from edible algae through food compatible processes. So far several tens of thousands of people throughout the world have experienced this substance in various forms of product without side effects.
Multiple features of Seanol for cardiovascular protection have been discovered in vitro: promotion of Fibrinolysis by inhibition of antiplasmin, ACE inhibition, multiple modes of antioxidative protection.
Also, its antioxidant activities against various reactive oxygen species which are known to attack endothelial cells causing endothelial dysfunction have been confirmed to be highly potent in physiologically relevant concentrations. Seanol itself and its individual compounds showed potent reducing power and radical scavenging activities against DPPH radical, oxidized LDL and peroxynitrite.
Water is, quite literally, the river on which our good health flows.
Water is largely responsible for the fluid content of blood. As the organ that filters the blood, its viscosity impacts the liver’s detoxification abilities. Accordingly, not drinking enough water will increase the blood’s thickness and make it harder to filter. Since the livers of those with chronic liver disease already face obstacles to efficient detoxification (like inflammation or scarring), not having enough water to keep the blood viscous magnifies this challenge.
Choline is a water-soluble vitamin-like essential nutrient. It is a basic constituent of lecithin, which is present in many plants and animal organs. The term cholines refers to the class of quaternary ammonium salts containing the N,N,N-trimethylethanolammonium cation (X on the right denotes an undefined counteranion).
The cation appears in the head groups of phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin, two classes of phospholipid that are abundant in cell membranes. Choline is the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in many functions including memory and muscle control.