By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - October 16, 2023
Categories: General

We are fully in the fall season now, and with the changing leaves and pumpkin spice everything also comes with more time inside and more germs. Luckily, Traditional Chinese Medicine provides us with an incredible lineup of herbs and superfoods that can boost your balance, vitality, and overall well-being. 

  • Ginseng (Ren Shen): Known as the “King of Herbs,” ginseng is prized for its adaptogenic properties, helping the body cope with stress and enhance energy levels. It’s also believed to support cognitive function and immune health.
  • Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi): Packed with antioxidants, goji berries are believed to improve vision, promote healthy skin, and boost immune function. They are a popular addition to teas, soups and smoothies.
  • Astragalus (Huang Qi): This immune-boosting herb is often used to increase vitality and enhance the body’s resistance to infections. It’s believed to support the respiratory system and overall endurance. 
  • Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi): Revered for its potential to promote longevity, reishi is often used to reduce stress, support the immune system, and improve sleep quality. 
  • Dong Quai (Dang Gui): Commonly referred to as “female ginseng,” dong quai is valued for its potential to regulate hormonal balance in women, particularly during menstruation and menopause. 
  • Turmeric (Jiang Huang): A staple in Traditional Chinese Medicine, turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are believed to aid digestion, support joint health, and promote overall well-being. 
  • Schisandra Berry (Wu Wei Zi): This adaptogenic berry is thought to enhance mental clarity, improve stress response, and support liver health. 
  • Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying): Used to support liver and kidney health, dandelion is believed to aid detoxification and promote healthy digestion. 
  • Licorice Root (Gan Cao): Known for its soothing properties, licorice root is often used to ease coughs, support adrenal function, and balance the body. 
  • Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua): This delicate flower is used in teas to help clearer heat, soothe the eyes, and relieve headaches. 
  • Longan Fruit (Long Yan Rou): Believed to nourish the heart and blood, longan fruit is used to alleviate stress, promote relaxation, and support overall vitality. 
  • Codonopsis (Dang Shen): Similar to ginseng, codonopsis is an adaptogenic herb used to increase energy, improve digestion, and strengthen the immune system. 
  • Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong): Often used to support bone and joint health, eucommia bark is believed to strengthen the bones, ligaments, and tendons. 
  • White Mulberry (Sang Shen): Used to nourish the blood and support cardiovascular health, white mulberry is also valued for its potential to regulate blood sugar levels. 
  • Job’s Tears (Yi Yi Ren): These tear-shaped grains are believed to promote diuresis, alleviate edema, and support healthy skin. 

While Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs and superfoods offer a range of potential health benefits, it’s important to approach their use with mindfulness and respect for your individual body. Consult a qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner or healthcare professional before introducing new herbs into your routine, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions, are pregnant, or are taking medications. 

Incorporating herbs and superfoods into your daily routine

  • Teas: Many of these herbs can be brewed into nourishing teas that can be enjoyed throughout the day
  • Soups and Stews: Adding these herbs to homemade soups and stews can infuse your meals with their healthful properties
  • Smoothies: Goji berries, turmeric, and other powdered herbs can be blended into smoothies for a nutritious boost
  • Tinctures and Extracts: Some herbs are available in tincture or extract forms, which can be easily added to beverages

And, of course, your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner can prescribe you the exact herbs and superfoods that will suit your needs best in easy to use forms like capsules. 

Traditional Chinese herbs and superfoods offer a rich tapestry of health benefits that have stood the test of time. From boosting immunity and promoting relaxation to supporting digestion and hormonal balance, these natural remedies have much to offer to those seeking a holistic approach to well-being. By incorporating these herbs into your daily routine, you can tap into the centuries-old wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and embark on a journey toward enhanced vitality and health. 

Be well.



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.