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Guide to traditional Chinese herbs

Stock up on these natural herbal remedies and kick your antibodies into gear

Written by
Wai Yeng Kong
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Goji berry, snow fungus, monk fruit and more; learn more about these super tonics and their health benefits.

Snow fungus (syut yi)
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Snow fungus (syut yi)

Good for: Nourishing the lungs. Ancient Chinese royals also refer to it as a ‘longevity’ tonic.
Wild Chinese yam (wai san)
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Wild Chinese yam (wai san)

Good for: Invigorating the spleen, and helping with fatigue.
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Dry chrysanthemum flowers (guk fa)
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Dry chrysanthemum flowers (guk fa)

Good for: Treating respiratory problems, high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism.
Red dates (hong zou)
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Red dates (hong zou)

Good for: Promoting good blood circulation. Also called jujube, red dates help replenish ‘qi’.
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Monk fruit (lo hon gwo)
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Monk fruit (lo hon gwo)

Good for: Balancing heat build-up in the body. This antitussive also alleviates lung congestion.
Solomonseal rhizome (yuk zuk)
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Solomonseal rhizome (yuk zuk)

Good for: Repairing sports injuries related to body muscles, tendons and ligaments.
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Globe amaranth (qin yat hong)
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Globe amaranth (qin yat hong)

Good for: Relieving cough and shortness of breath.
Goji berry (gei zi)
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Goji berry (gei zi)

Good for: Boosting immune system and protecting the eyes.
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Rock sugar (bing tong)
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Rock sugar (bing tong)

Good for: Warding off laryngitis and phlegm.
Codonopsis pilosula (dong sam)
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Codonopsis pilosula (dong sam)

Good for: Enhancing vitality. Also known as the poor man’s ginseng.

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