Traditional Herbal Methodologies
health promotion and therapy for chronic
Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the three treasures are body, mind and spirit, also known as the three treasures (Qi, Jing, and Shen) and are important in one’s overall health and support of longevity.
Sample herbs that support longevity
He Shou Wu (Fo Ti), known for improving kidney function and keeping hair healthy.
Astragalus Root, an antioxidant that improves the immune system; a restorative herb. It's used to treat the common cold, upper respiratory infections, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Astragalus is used it for its heart protection benefits.
Goji Berry (wolfberry) improves circulation, lowers LDL cholesterol, and lowers the risk of macular degeneration.
Holy Basil improves the internal systems of the body, such as circulation.
Reishi Mushroom improves the immune system and longevity, along with other mushrooms.
Maitake Mushroom strengthens the immune system. It’s also used to reduce pain, nausea, hair loss and other negative side effects of chemotherapy. Cordyceps Mushroom can be used for a wide range of conditions, such as fatigue, sexual dysfunction, coughs, an immune supplement, and some cancers. Ginkgo Biloba improves memory and mental function. Ginseng increases energy, is an antioxidant, improves yang energy, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduces stress, promotes relaxation, treats diabetes, and treats sexual dysfunction in men. Gotu Kola is considered the fountain of life herb. It is considered a rejuvenative nervine, recommended for nervous disorders including epilepsy, senility, insomnia and premature aging. As a brain tonic, it is said to enhance intelligence and memory while strengthening the adrenal glands. Gynostema or “Jiaogulan” is an adaptogenic herb. An adatpogen is a substance that brings your whole body back into balance. (One should check side effects before using.) Rehmannia Root (Di huang) helps correct disorders to the liver and adrenal glands. Green Tea is a tonic for general health, and is an antioxidant. Spirulina provides all the necessary nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids, including vitamin B12. Stinging Nettles contain natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories (including quercetin) that open up constricted bronchial and nasal passages, helping to ease hay fever. Shizandra Berry is used for preventing early aging and increasing lifespan; normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure; and stimulating the immune system and speeding recovery after surgery. Eucommia Bark treats lower back pain and prevents miscarriage, kidney problems, and sexual dysfunction. It is also used to improve the skin and for anti-aging purposes. It also helps to lower blood pressure and strengthen bones and joints. Morina Root has been used for thousands of years to combat malnutrition. It also has the following medicinal properties: anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-cancer/cancer prevention, healing agent to skin disorders, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and hypoglycemic aspects. Longan Fruit is used as remedy for stomachaches, insomnia, amnesia, and dropsy. The fruit is said to invigorate the heart and spleen, nourish the blood and have a calming effect on the nervous system. Dang Gui Root is naturally rich in vitamins A, B12, and E. It is also a rich source of other vital nutrients such as folates and niacin. Dang Gui also contains moderate amounts of iron, which is why it is recommended for those who are anemic and have a low hemoglobin count. Another health benefit of Dang Gui is its high level of antioxidants, thus offering all the benefits of antioxidants such as fighting signs of aging. Condonopsis is effective for tonifying the spleen qi and the lung qi, and its action is much gentler than that of ginseng. It can also generate the yin and body fluids, so is also used for deficiency of both qi and yin. Licorice Root is used in tea as a cure-all concoction. Licorice root can act as a soothing agent and expectorant, which could make it useful for reducing phlegm and other upper-respiratory symptoms, according to the UMMC, such as sore throat and coughing. Licorice root is also used to treat ulcer symptoms, canker sores and digestive problems, such as acid reflux and indigestion. As a weight loss aid, licorice tea may help reduce body fat.
Ayurvedic Medicinal herbs
Ayurvedic medical herbs provide numerous herbs that are called rasayanas that support health and longevity. Below are a few of them:
Amalaki or amla is a tropical gooseberry that is one of the richest, if not the richest, natural source of stable vitamin C in the world. It is the foundation of the famous rejuvenation and longevity tonic, Chyawanprash. It is a fine antioxidant and is nourishing to the tissues, especially to the eyes, blood, hair, skin, and bones.
Ashwagandha holds a premier place in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia. It is a rasayana herb, that aids the quality of life and longevity. It is most often used to improve male potency, stamina building, tonifying to the male reproductive system, and endurance.
Bhringaraj is regarded as a rasayana or longevity herb. Though many people use this herb to stimulate hair growth and avoid graying, there are other anti-aging benefits. The leaf extract is a powerful liver tonic.Brahmi Elixir contains tamarind to help remove the damage caused by fluoride
the two "Brahmis", Gotu Kola and Bacopa, to aid memory, concentration, and acuity, boswellia to relieve edema in the brain as well as remove parasites, ashwagandha for neuroregeneration and stamina, and guduchi for detoxification and longevity. Gokshura is used almost worldwide. In Ayurveda, it enjoys a reputation as a tonic herb for the urinary tract and kidneys. It is soothing and promotes the proper flow of urine. It is also regarded as a male tonic herb, and studies in Bulgaria are often cited that suggest it aids male libido and performance. Guduchi is one of the most famous detoxifying herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia. It crosses the blood-brain barrier and improves cognitive functioning and recall, but its main claim to fame is its power to reduce toxins and even to protect the body from the harmful effects of toxins. Haritaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and the most revered in Tibetan medicine. It is a parasiticide (intestinal worm) and one of the herbs used in preparation for kaya kalpa, Ayurvedic rejuvenative therapy. Kalmegh Extract is an intensely bitter herb that promotes the healthy flow of bile and respiratory comfort. It clears the throat, head, and lungs while simultaneously boosting immunity. Shatavari belongs to the asparagus family, but it is the root that is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Shatavari is considered to be one of the true rasayana or longevity plants, and it is the herb of choice for women, especially during changes of life such as puberty and menopause, but also during pregnancy and while nursing. Shilajit is used to improve the outcome of any protocol and strengthen both physical and spiritual powers. Shilajit is high in minerals and supports the metabolism of glucose as well as regeneration. It is a rejuvenative that cleanses the urinary tract and lungs; it enhances immunity and stamina. Shilajit purifies the blood by aiding in the removal of excess kapha and toxins from the tissues. Stone Breaker Extract or Phyllanthus amarus is known in South America as "chanca piedra" or breaker of stones. There, it is used mainly for kidney stones, but also for gall stones and many other disorders ranging from malaria to liver cancer. In Ayurvedic medicine, Phyllanthus amarus is known as bhumi amalaki. It is revered as a major detoxifying and liver rejuvenative herb. Chyavanprash is the most famous tonic jam from India. It is an excellent antioxidant. Chyawanprash is India’s most famous rejuvenative and antioxidant jam. Ayurveda, India's 5,000-year-old system of health and medicine, has their own version of time-tested anti-aging supplements or foods. These tonics are available and should be used to assist in maintaining health as a preventative for our general health. Ayurveda teaches that each person is a blend of three doshas, or vital energies within the body - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each person is born with an optimal balance and a unique harmony among the three doshas. Later in life, negative health may arise from an imbalance in the three doshas - and the science of Ayurveda is used to bring back this essential harmony and to assist in longevity.