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Herb Power, Holy Nature

The nature is a plant world full of holy and mysterious power. Today let me talk about the plants that are valued for their medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. We reckon these plants as herbs. The green plants, colorful flowers, appetite-triggering fruits, and the roots drilling into deep earth all share the name of herb. They were widely used for treating diseases and ailments everywhere in the world a long time ago. These days as the medical science is fast developing and many laboratory medicines are produced and replacing the herbs. The industrial world is polluting our environment and causing lots of uncured dieases, so we start to revisit the herb time and try to search nature for more natural priscriptions against the diseases. Certainly we still have chances for some great discoveries. because nature is our origin and the basis of life. I believe the Lord always give us fairness and balance. Everything has its anti-body.

When I was a child, my left eyeball was broken, after infected diease a few weeks. Some horrible substances with yellow and red colors sprayed out. Exactly on that day noon an old man passed by my house. He searched some herbs in the mountains for me and I drank it at night. The next morning the substances had disappeared and only a spot was left.Since then, I am very respectful of the power of herbs.

Thousands of years ago the Chinese Taoist therapiests catalogued the plants and classified the herbs as different species. They grouped the herbs by family, as they have certain similar chatercharistics medically. I studied the subject one the basic of their systomized herbs and dug out some powerful ones for some diseases. Wherever I been, I always visited the old or famous herbists. They gave me some directions and knowledges . I collected their experiences for this research. Nowadays many scientists in the world emphasize this subject. That's a good action to research the medical science in a different way and many diseases will be cured and many lives will be saved. (continuous)

Purple Basil

The purple basil is a very popular herb in China and has been for a very long time . Especially in the old time, the people couldn't afford doctors care. Whenever they got sick, such as colds, flues, pains, or any other symptoms, they would cook purple basils. In my memory of some stories, when I got fever, cough, chest congestion, and throat pain, my mother cooked me the dry purple basils, when ready, add some crashed ginger. After I drank a big bowl of its soup, I would soon be better. After taking two or three times, I would be well. My neighbors and all over China did the same. After becoming an adult, I researched herbs and found that it has a lot of functions and values, killing inflammation, infection, pains, fevers, and will warm up your body and increase blood circulation. Even with the popularity and widespread use of purple basil, I feel that there are yet undiscovered uses for it.


Remember when your mother used to give you ginger ale when you felt nauseated? She knew what she was doing. Ginger is a timeproven remedy for upset stomach, indigestion, and cramps. The Chinese have been using ginger for more than two thousand years.
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. Recent studies have documented another use for ginger-as a treatment for arthritis. Studies show that patients who ate lightly cooked fresh ginger or took a standardized ginger supplement showed improvement in swelling, morning stiffness, pain, and joint mobility. I have recommended a standardized ginger extract to many people with arthritis, with excellent results. Ginger is also a wonderful treatment for motion sickness and, in many cases, may work better than standard drugs. If you suffer from motion sickness, take ginger capsules about 30 minutes prior to engaging in an activity that triggers this problem.
The Japanese serve pickled ginger slices between sushi courses to clear the palate and aid digestion. Grated ginger combined with olive oil is an 0ld-fashioned but quite effective remedy for dandruff. Apply to scalp before you shampoo. A few drops of this oil can also be warmed and used in the ear to soothe earaches.

Possible Benefits:

  • Reduces arthritis symptoms.
  • Calms an upset stomach.
  • Relieves motion sickness.
  • Eases cold symptoms.

Asian Ginseng

Ginseng is best known as the herb to boost energy. It is used to reduce stress, speed recovery from illness, and improve physical and mental stamina. Similar to other tonic herbs, ginseng is not regarded as a medical treatment but, rather, as the ultimate herb to enhance wellness. Indeed, the reverence in which some hold ginseng is reflected in its botanical name panax,which is derived from the Greek word for panaca.
Ginseng, or ren shenin Mandarin, literally means "root of man," so named because the root of this plant resembles the shape of a human body. For the past two decades, ginseng has been touted as a wonder herb. Many athletes swear that it gives them the competitive edge and, while studies have shown that ginseng enhances physical performance in animals, its effects on humans in this regard have not been widely studied. Recent studies involving 500 people taking ginseng along with other vitamins and minerals noted that participants felt they had experienced an improved quality of life. Obviously, anything that boosts energy and improves general well-being is going to have a positive effect on your outlook.
Rich in natural estrogenlike compounds, ginseng is used to alleviate hot flashes and some of the more unpleasant signs of menopause.
Although we may credit ourselves with dicovering this herb, in reality, the Chinese have been using it for more than five thousand years! Ginseng was mentioned in the Shen Nong Herbal compiled between the first and second centuries, as a "superior drug" suitable for long-term use without toxic effects. The Chinese were referring to panax ginseng, a variety grown in China. Today, there are three different herbs that fall under the label ginseng. In addition to panax, American ginseng or Panax quinquefolius is very popular in China. What is called Siberian ginseng at all, but has many of the same properties of ginseng and is, therefore, used the same way. Although all forms of ginseng have similar properties, there are some subtle differences.
Western interest in ginseng began in the 1960s, when researches in China, the Soviet Union, Japan, and European countries began to take a serious look at this herb. in 1969, Soviet scientistI.I.Brekhman, Ph.D., reported that Soviet soldiers who took ginseng extract were able to run faster in a 3-kilometer race than another group given a placebo. Dr.Brekhman was the first to call ginseng an adaptogen,which he described as, basically, any substance to Dr.Brekhman, an adaptogen has the unique ability to normalize body functions. For instance, if blood-sugar levels drop too low, or if blood pressure climbs too high, an adaptogen will bring the body back to normal levels. In his writings, Dr.Brekhman has noted that adaptogen work best on people who are neither in peak condition nor in poor health. Rather, they appear to do the most for people who fall somewhere between those two extremes.
Studies in Japan showed that mice who were fed ginseng learned to perform tasks at a faster rate and made fewer mistakes. In the 1970s, Japanese researchers found that rats who were fed a high-cholesterol diet showed a drop in cholesterol, especially LDL, and a rise in beneficial HDL cholesterol after being given ginseng. A recent study at the Defense Institue of Physiology and Allied Sciences in Delhi, India, showed that rats given ginseng were better able to endure high altitudes and cold temperatures than control rats. Another study at Japan's Kanazawa University found that unpurified saponins from panax ginseng not only inhibited the growth of cancer cells but actually converted the diseased cells into normal cells. Undoubtedly, further studies will be done to determine if some form of ginseng can be used as a cancer treatment.
There have been ver few studies of ginseng done in the United States. One famous negative report published in the Journey of the American Medical Associationdescribed the so-called ginseng abuse syndrome. The article said that heavy users of ginseng were subject to hypertension, nervourness, and insomnia, among other ills. The study, however, included people who took all forms of ginseng by injecting it into their verns. The article did not differntiate betweencaffeine users and noncaffeine users, caffeine being a substance that could cause similar effects. The article is considered by knowledgeable herbal researchers to be completely off base.
Long before ginseng was studied by the scientific community, Chinese healers were prescibing ginseng to normalize blood pressure, improve blood circulation, and prevent heart disease, among other things. For centuries, ginseng has been purported to be an aphrodistac, although this claim has never been seriously studied. The main active ingredients in ginseng are called Ginsenosides. The higher the quantity of Ginsenosides, the better the quality of the ginseng.

Possible Benefits:

  • Increases physical and mental endurance.
  • Helps the body adjust to stressful situations.
  • Normalizes body functions.
  • Reduces cholesterol.
  • Increases energy.
  • May help reduce discomfort caused by menopause.
  • May inhibit growth of cancerous tumors.
  • May enhance sexual desire.

Lingzhi Mushroom

Lingzhi is so highly regarded in China that it has been dubbed "the medicine of kings." This delicious mushroom, which is popular in Asian cuisines, is well known for its heart-healthy properties. Lingzhi can lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure, two well-known risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Recently, Lingzhi has been studied for its anti-cancer properties. It contains a compound called Beta D glucan, which can stimulate the production of cancer-fighting immune cells. Although there have been anecdotal reports of lingzhi extract used successfully to treat cancer, there have not been any clinical studies to date.
Other studies have confirmed that this mushroom has a strong antihistamine action, which can help control allergies. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant, good for treating the aches and pains associated with arthritis and muscle strains.
In Japan, lingzhi is a popular treatment for stress-related ailments. For centuries, Asian healers have prescribed it for anxiety and insomnia.


Lavender is much more than a pleasant fragrance to be used in sachets and potpourri - lavender can be powerful medicine. It has now earned a place on the herbal world.
During the past decades, there has been a growing interest in aromatherapy, the use of scented essential oils to treat a wide array of ailments. Aromatherapy utilizes the power of scent to soothe, relax, and heal. Essiential oils can be massaged into the skin, used in bath water or heated in a special lamp called an aroma defuser. Defferent scents evoke different emotions. Some are stimulants, others relieve stress or promote sleep. Some essiential oils even have antisepic properties, and were used to sterilize sick rooms in the days before antibiotics.
Recently, scientists have discovered that lavender oil has a soothing effect on the psyche. Researchers in England tested lavender oil on nursing-home patients suffering from insomnia, who normally use sleep medication. In a small six-week study, patients were first weaned from their medication for two weeks. For the next two weeks, they were not given any sleep aid. For the last two weeks, their rooms were perfumed with lavender oil. Although the patients had a gret deal of difficulty sleeping during the second two weeks(after their medication had been discontinued), they had no trouble sleeping during the last two weeks. In fact, they slept as well with the lavender oil as they did on sleeping pills.
In Japan, scientists have discovered that inhaling lavender-oil vapor can prevent convulsions in mice. The scientists suspect that brains of mice as well as in those of humans.

Grapeseeds Extract

Grapeseed extract contains antioxidant flavonoids called proanthocyanidins, which are also found in berries. Proanthocyanidinsenhance the activity of vitamin C within the body.Grapeseed extract can can prevent the oxidation of LDL, which leads to the formation ofplaque and fatty deposits in the arteries. It also helps to strengthen capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body, which are vulnerable to damage. Weakened capillaries can lead to easy bruising and varicose veins.
Wnat's good for the heart often protects against cancer as well and, in this respect, when you take grapeseed extract you are killing two birds handily with on stone. Proanthicyanidins can block free radicals (unstable oxygen molicules found in the body) that are believed to be a leading cause of cancer. Grapeseed extract is also an anti-inflammatory, and has benn used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, such as allergies.
Since grapeseed extract bolsters vitamin C, it is also important for strong bones. Although we don't think of vitamin C as a bone builder, it is actually essential for the formation of collagen, a component of bone. Collagen can cause wrinkling. At least indirectedly, grapeseed eztract can help keep us stronger and looking younger through its effect on vitamin C.
Ossible Benefits:

  • Antioxidant
  • Protects against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • cancer flighter
  • Help build collagen

Green Tea

Tea is the second mostly commonly consumed beverage in the world. Green tea is the popular choice in China and black tea is the favourite in the west.
Archeological evidence suggests that people consumed tea leaves steeped in boiling water as many as 500,000 years ago. Botanical evidence indicates that India and China were among the first countries to cultivate tea. Today, hundreds of millions of people drink tea around the world, and studies are now suggesting that green tea (Camellia sinesis) in particular has many health benefits.

There are three main varieties of tea -- green, black, and oolong. The difference between the teas is in their processing. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals -- damaging compounds in the body that alter cells, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet rays from the sun, radiation, cigarette smoke, and air pollution) also give rise to these damaging particles. Many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants such as polyphenols in green tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Green tea has been consumed throughout the ages in India, China, Japan, and Thailand. In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant, diuretic (to promote the excretion of urine), astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health. Other traditional uses of green tea include treating flatulence (gas), regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes.

Green tea has been extensively studied in people, animals, and laboratory experiments. Results from these studies suggest that green tea may be useful for the following health conditions:

Population-based clinical studies indicate that the antioxidant properties of green tea may help prevent atherosclerosis, particularly coronary artery disease. (Population-based studies means studies that follow large groups of people over time or studies that are comparing groups of people living in different cultures or with different dietary habits.) In May 2006, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a petition from teamakers to allow tea labels to claim that green tea reduces the risk of heart disease. The FDA concluded that there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea or green tea extract reducing the risk of heart disease.

High cholesterol:
Research shows that green tea lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL ("good") cholesterol in both animals and people. One population-based clinical study found that men who drink green tea are more likely to have lower total cholesterol than those who do not drink green tea. Results from one animal study suggest that polyphenols in green tea may block the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and promote its excretion from the body. In another small study of male smokers, researchers found that green tea significantly reduced blood levels of harmful LDL cholesterol.

Several population-based clinical studies have shown that green tea helps protect against cancer. For example, cancer rates tend to be low in countries such as Japan where people regularly consume green tea. However, it is not possible to determine from these population-based studies whether green tea actually prevents cancer in people. Emerging clinical studies suggest that the polyphenols in green tea may play an important role in the prevention of cancer. Researchers also believe that polyphenols help kill cancerous cells and stop their progression.
Bladder cancer. Only a few clinical studies have examined the relationship between bladder cancer and green tea consumption. In one study that compared people with and without bladder cancer, researchers found that women who drank black tea and powdered green tea were less likely to develop bladder cancer. A follow-up clinical study by the same group of researchers revealed that bladder cancer patients (particularly men) who drank green tea had a substantially better 5-year survival rate than those who did not.
Breast cancer. Clinical studies in animals and test tubes suggest that polyphenols in green tea inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. In one study of 472 women with various stages of breast cancer, researchers found that women who consumed the most green tea experienced the least spread of cancer (particularly premenopausal women in the early stages of breast cancer). They also found that women with early stages of the disease who drank at least 5 cups of tea every day before being diagnosed with cancer were less likely to suffer recurrences of the disease after completion of treatment. However, women with late stages of breast cancer experienced little or no improvement from drinking green tea. In terms of breast cancer prevention, the studies are inconclusive. In one very large clinical study from Japan, researchers found that drinking green tea was not associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.
Ovarian cancer. In a clinical study conducted on ovarian cancer patients in China, researchers found that women who drank at least one cup of green tea per day survived longer with the disease than those who didn’t drink green tea. In fact, those who drank the most tea, lived the longest.

Colorectal cancer: Clinical studies on the effects of green tea on colon or rectal cancer have produced conflicting results. Some clinical studies show decreased risk in those who drink the tea, while others show increased risk. Further research is needed before researchers can recommend green tea for the prevention of colorectal cancer.

Esophageal cancer: Studies in laboratory animals have found that green tea polyphenols inhibit the growth of esophageal cancer cells. However, clinical studies in people have produced conflicting findings. For example, one large-scale population-based clinical study found that green tea offered significant protection against the development of esophageal cancer (particularly among women). Another population-based clinical study revealed just the opposite -- green tea consumption was associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. In fact, the stronger and hotter the tea, the greater the risk. Given these conflicting results, further research is needed before scientists can recommend green tea for the prevention of esophageal cancer.

Lung cancer: While green tea polyphenols have been shown to inhibit the growth of human lung cancer cells in test tubes, few clinicial studies have investigated the link between green tea consumption and lung cancer in people and even these studies have been conflicting. One population-based clinical study found that Okinawan tea (similar to green tea but partially fermented) was associated with decreased lung cancer risk, particularly among women. A second clinical study revealed that green tea and black tea significantly increased the risk of lung cancer. As with colon and esophageal cancers, further clinical studies are needed before researchers can draw any conclusions about green tea and lung cancer.

Pancreatic cancer: In one large-scale clinical study researchers compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and found that those who drank the most tea were significantly less likely to develop pancreatic cancer. This was particularly true for women -- those who drank the most green tea were half as likely to develop pancreatic cancer as those who drank less tea. Men who drank the most tea were 37% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer. However, it is not clear from this population-based study whether green tea is solely responsible for reducing pancreatic cancer risk. Further studies in animals and people are needed before researchers can recommend green tea for the prevention of pancreatic cancer.

Prostate cancer: Laboratory studies have found that green tea extracts prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells in test tubes. In a large clinical study conducted in Southeast China researchers found that the risk of prostate cancer declined with increasing frequency, duration and quantity of green tea consumption. However, both green and black tea extracts also stimulated genes that cause cells to be less sensitive to chemotherapy drugs. Given this potential interaction, people should not drink black and green tea (as well as extracts of these teas) while receiving chemotherapy.

Skin cancer: The main polyphenol in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Scientific studies suggest that EGCG and green tea polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that may help prevent the onset and growth of skin tumors.

Stomach cancer: Laboratory studies have found that green tea polyphenols inhibit the growth of stomach cancer cells in test tubes, but clinical studies in people have been less conclusive. In two studies that compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers, researchers found that people who drank tea were about half as likely to develop stomach cancer and gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) as those who did not drink green tea. However, a clinicial study including more than 26,000 men and women in Japan found no association between green tea consumption and stomach cancer risk. Some clinicial studies even suggest that green tea may increase the risk of stomach cancer.
Further clinicial studies are underway to determine whether green tea helps reduce the risk of stomach cancer. Although green tea is considered safe for people at risk for stomach cancer, it is too soon to tell whether green tea reduces the likelihood of developing this disease.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: (IBD)
Green tea may help reduce inflammation associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two types of IBD. If green tea proves to be helpful for preventing colon cancer, this would be an added benefit for those with IBD because they are at risk for colon cancer.

Green tea has been used traditionally to control blood sugar in the body. Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed. People with type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin, a hormone that converts glucose (sugar), starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Green tea may help regulate glucose in the body.
A few small clinical studies have found that daily supplementation of the diet with green tea-extract powder lowered the hemoglobin A1c level in individuals with borderline diabetes.

Liver disease:
Population-based clinical studies have shown that men who drink more than 10 cups of green tea per day are less likely to develop disorders of the liver. Green tea also seems to protect the liver from the damaging effects of toxic substances such as alcohol. Animal studies have shown that green tea helps protect against the development of liver tumors in mice.
Results from several animal and human studies suggest that one of the polyphenols present in green tea, known as catechin, may help treat viral hepatitis (inflammation of the liver from a virus). In these studies, catechin was isolated from green tea and used in very high concentrations. It is not clear whether green tea (which contains a lower concentration of catechins) confers these same benefits to people with hepatitis.

Weight loss:
Clinical studies suggest that green tea extract may boost metabolism and help burn fat. One study confirmed that the combination of green tea and caffeine improved weight loss and maintenance in overweight and moderately obese individuals. Some researchers speculate that substances in green tea known as polyphenols, specifically the catechins, are responsible for the herb's fat-burning effect.

Other uses:
Drinking green tea has been found effective in a small clinical study for dental caries, or tooth decay. More studies need to be performed. Green tea may also be useful in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis. Research indicates that green tea may benefit arthritis by reducing inflammation and slowing cartilage breakdown. Chemicals found in green tea may also be effective in treating genital warts and preventing symptoms of colds and influenza.