The 3 Best Summer Herbs for a Healthy Lifestyle

The foundation of health, according to Chinese Medicine, is oxygen and nutrient-rich blood coursing through every part of the body. This is thought to regenerate and regulate the body to optimal levels.

Chinese herbal medicine is one approach used to enhance that nutrient-rich blood flow in the body.

Herbal Medicine is often referred to as the “Chinese Pharmacy.” Here’s a quick breakdown to the categories of herbs:

  1. The ability to affect the nutrient quality of the blood itself
  2. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory herbs to reduce inflammation and pathologic conditions, and
  3. The ability to widen and relax the blood vessels

Your acupuncturist & Chinese herbal medicine practitioner will know exactly you for your symptoms.*

*Never self-prescribe herbs for your symptoms. Continue to tell your health care providers about any complementary or integrative health approaches you use.

We’ve put together this brief guide on the 3 best summer herbs for healthy living.

Peppermint or Bo he

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The smell of permanent is hard to miss! From the aromatic peppermint tea down to garnishing food and cocktails.

Did you that that the herb peppermint, is a natural cross between two types of mint (water mint and spearmint)?

The peppermint leaves are used for health purposes for centuries across various cultures and are widely used by experienced Chinese Medicine practitioners. In Chinese Medicine, this herb is Bo he.

Peppermint is used as a dietary supplement for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), other digestive problems, the common cold, headaches, and other conditions.

Researchers are now seeing the benefits of this herb and have studied extensively the use of peppermint for IBS. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, results from several studies indicate that peppermint oil in enteric-coated capsules may improve IBS symptoms.

Sage or Shu wei cao

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Sage was used in ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and Chinese medicine. Its cultural presence means it’s a staple in various cuisines around the world too!

Did you know that a small amount of sage packs 10% of your daily vitamin K needs? This is nature’s medicine!

Today, sage is used as a dietary supplement for digestive problems, sore mouth or throat, memory loss, and depression.

In Chinese Medicine, we refer to it as Shu wei cao.

Ginger or Sheng Jiang

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Ginger is one of the healthiest herbs around! Often considered a spice, we’ve put it in the top 3 summer herbs but truly this can be your year-round herb.

In Chinese Medicine, the use of dried ginger has been around for thousands of years to treat stomach aches, diarrhea, and nausea. Its potent strength has been extensively studied to mitigate nausea related to cancer chemotherapy when used in addition to conventional anti-nausea medication.

In Chinese Medicine, we refer to it as Sheng Jiang

Overall

Using herbs for its medicinal and health properties has been around for centuries within many cultures but primarily with Chinese Medicine.

It’s important to get a full consultation by your acupuncturist to understand how these can be used to support your health.


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