Although it is advisable if you haven’t taken Chinese herbal medication before to visit a practitioner who specialises in herbal remedies, there are hundreds of stores online and shops in the high street now selling traditional herbal remedies. Should you wish to try them yourself without the advice of an herbalist here is a guide to the various medications available which are made from herbs, flowers and plants and are used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and the illnesses and ailments they are said to help.
Pain relief remedies
Woodlock massage oil – Woodlock is used as an external analgesic for the relief of pain in joints, muscles and nerves and is especially helpful for pain relating to sprains and arthritis and is in the form of massage oil.
Red flower oil – this is used for many different types of pain ranging from a headache to pain in the joints and is in the form of massage oil.
Xiao Huo Luo Wan – this is usually in the form of an herbal pill and can be used for a wide variety of pain from pain in the muscles and bones to chronic arthritis and lumbago.
Cold and allergy remedies
Fang feng Xin Yi Wan – these are in herbal pill format and are especially helpful to those suffering from hay fever and the common cold, they also work to relieve sore throats, dry mouth, night sweats and reduce high blood pressure. The main ingredients used in this remedy are Folium mori, Flos magnoliae, Flos lonicerae, Flos chrysanthemi, Fructus xanthii, Spica prunellae and Radix saposhnikoviae.
Bi Yan Kan – these pills are especially helpful to those suffering from sinusitis and contain over 14 different herbs including Forsythiae Suspensae Fructus, Angelicae Radix, Gardeniae Jasminodis Fructus, Phellodendri Cortex and Rhizoma Notopterygli.
Qi Guan Yan Wan – these pills bring relief to those suffering from bronchitis and the main ingredients are Eriobotrya japonica leaf, Codonopsis pilosula root, Ziziphus jujuba fruit, Morus alba leaf, Zingiber officinale rhizome-fresh and the Prunes’ armeniaca seed.
Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa – this is a traditional cough syrup that will relieve coughs due to colds and allergies and is made from Eriobotrya japonica, Taraxacum officinale, Euphorbia, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Citrum reticulata, Tussilago petasites and Senega.
Jian Pi Wan – this can be taken either in liquid form or pills and is excellent for relieving trapped wind and aiding with digestion problems such as heartburn and indigestion and is made from Tang Shen root, Hawthorne berry fruit, Atractylodis root, Immature bitter orange fruit, Tangering peel and Germinated barley sprout.
WeiTai – this is commonly given as a tea and relieves problems with the stomach such as flatulence, acidic stomach and stomach ache it contains Evodia fruit, Mock Orange leaf, Szechuan Pepper root, Baical skullcap root, Costus root, White Peony root and Tuckahoe.
Remedies aimed at the women
Menstrulax – aimed specifically at those who suffer from painful periods this remedy includes Motherwort and Leonurus cardiaca.
Jing Xin Menocare Essence – this remedy helps to alleviate problems associated with the menopause such as hot flushes, headache and depression and includes Chinese Angelica Root, White Peony Root, Glossy Privet Berries and Wild Jujube Seed as some of the main ingredients.
Remedies aimed at the man
Yang Sheng Wan – this is the herbal equivalent to Viagra for those suffering from impotence and is a 100% natural ingredient tonic.
Wu Zi Yan Zhong Wan – this remedy is used to treat infertility in men and improve the sperm count it can also be used to improve the male sex drive and contains ingredients such as Lycium chinense fruit, Cuscuta chinensis seed, Rubus chingii fruit, Plantago asiatica seed, Schisandra chinensis frui.
Problems with the skin
Pien Tze Huang Pearl Cream – this cream is designed to improve the look of the skin and help to alleviate acne, the ingredients include Pearl Powder, Pien tze huang, Glycerine and super Fatty Alcohol.
Genseng-RoyalJelly Cream – this cream nourishes and moisturises the skin relieving it from the dryness that eczema can cause.