Various plants and herbs have been used and trusted over the centuries. Chinese have used these herbs for thousands of years. The capabilities of these herbs have even been documented in some scriptures and literature. These same herbs and plants are used in today’s times all around the world. Here’s a list of the best Asian plants and herbs along with their benefits.
“I stay healthy using foods and herbs. I became interested in adaptogens many years ago because I wanted to enhance my own ability to work hard and play hard and sustain those efforts without getting sick. I work with clients who are under a lot of stress and I wanted to share with them the herbs that I knew from first-hand experience didn’t have side effects, as many drugs do.” – Leslie Korn, LMHC
In most Asian countries, especially in India, ginger is a popular ingredient in culinary dishes. They are also being used in juices. Ginger has amazing health benefits. It helps with inflammatory, alleviates nausea, combats flu and colds. Ginger also aids in digestion and relieves joint pains. Apart from this, they can also help with fighting off diabetes, asthma, and cancer.
Ginseng has many health benefits. It is beneficial for men who are suffering from erectile dysfunctions. It also improves lung function by decreasing lung bacteria. Ginseng is also a great immune booster. It helps the body with fighting off infections and diseases. It also improves brain function and beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients. Ginseng is a good stress reliever. It can improve the mood because of its calming properties.
In an article by Robin D. Stone, LMHC, he wrote, “Ginseng’s Latin name, Panax, comes from the same Greek root as the English word “panacea,” meaning cure-all, or all-healing. Ginseng is known to relieve stress, and studies suggest that it significantly improves athletic performance, relieves fatigue and can reduce muscle inflammation after exercise. Ginseng is among the world’s most widely used medicinal plants.”
Apart from its health benefits, it’s also used to keep snakes and insects away due to its smell. Garlic helps with preventing cancer and reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases. It’s also a good immune booster and prevents allergies. Garlic is also beneficial for the digestive system and it has detoxifying properties.
Tea tree is a popular ingredient in soaps, lotions, and shampoos. This is because they make an exceptional beauty product. It’s good for the skin, hair, and nails. It also helps with dandruff and head lice. Tea tree can heal wounds and burns. It can also cure toothaches and headaches.
Dr. Dana C. Avey, LMFT, says, “While it does not directly impact mood, one essential oil I commonly diffuse is tea tree. The reason being is that tea tree is known to be an immune system booster, and I think we can all agree that when we feel better physically, we tend to feel better emotionally. I consider it a staple, as far as essential oils go.”
This is another plant that has many benefits to offer. It is becoming very popular in treating many conditions. It also has a pleasant smell. It helps with insomnia and can improve mood. Lavender is good for helping with depression.
Goji or Wolfberry
Due to its healing properties, these berries are considered as a treasure of the Chinese nation. They are also being exported to the West as they have become a popular ingredient. They increase a male’s sperm quality and sperm count. Goji is also used to treat liver diseases. It protects the brain cells from any damage. These berries also have anti-cancer properties. They can also prevent heart attacks that are caused by free radicals. They prevent strokes and control the cholesterol levels. They also help with controlling diabetes.
This herb is used in many traditional Chinese medicines. This herb is probably one of the most bitter herbs but has many health benefits. It is mainly used to treat digestive diseases such as gastrointestinal issues, diarrhea etc. This herb also helps with high blood pressure and control the cholesterol level. Coptis Chinensis also possesses antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. They can help with preventing certain cancers and respiratory issues.
This is another herb that’s used in traditional Chinese medications. It is considered as one of the ancient herbs. It has excellent liver detoxification properties. It also protects the liver from any damage and improves its functions. This herb helps with fighting against ovarian cancer. It also helps women who suffer from PMS because it improves the mood. This herb also relieves epilepsy.
Ephedra is another ancient Chinese herb that is used in traditional Chinese medications. It’s known for helping colds, hay fevers and asthma. Ephedra is also a good immune booster and energy booster. It’s also good for weight loss and eliminates fatigue.