Everyday stress from worry, work, late nights and bad habits take their toll. We may feel OK but start to look and feel tired and older not wiser. The change of seasons also disrupts many people who suffer from allergies, emotional issues and physical discomforts. Our Chinese herbal arsenal can help revive a youthful vigor and spirit. Herbs may be used to improve daytime performance and nighttime sleep. Our brain repairs its stress and damage during deep sleeping hours. Unfortunately most of us lie awake thinking, worrying, fretting.
One group of the most balancing foods for energy and immunity are medicinal mushrooms. They spring up after a rain, they live on dead trees and transform rot into nutrition. They may even help rid the tree of pollution and radiation. In our body, medicinal mushrooms feed energy cells and increase defense cells.
Reishi mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum, is one of the most studied and highly respected among the mushroom family. It has been used in Japan along with and instead of chemotherapy for reducing cancers. Studies show it can boost immunity, fight fatigue, improve memory, increase energy stamina, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, relieve stress, reverse the aging process, and stimulate circulation. Ganoderma is also praised as a top source of antioxidants.
According to studies published by NIH: Ganoderma lucidum “clearly demonstrates anticancer activity in experiments with cancer cells and has possible therapeutic potential as a dietary supplement for an alternative therapy for breast and prostate cancer.” In addition, health experts agree that medicinal mushrooms may be helpful to balance immunity, that is, reduce the body’s over-reaction to stress and illness in auto-immune illness. It may, with approval from your doctor, help you to tolerate harsh allopathic treatments.
Fatigue Fighter formula contains herbs to relieve congestion and improve breathing such as agastache, a heart tonic that is known to reduce herpes discomforts. Platycodon grandiflorum supports respiratory health as it soothes a sore throat. Some research shows it may also promote healthy weight and improve cognitive function. Platycodon root contains anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, expectorant and immune boosting properties. It provides a health shield against respiratory illness.
Any Chinese formula used to promote health and well-being will contain digestive herbs. It is a basic truth stemming from Daoism that someone who remains calm, centered and in touch with Nature will remain strong and healthy. One major way to promote vitality is to enhance the body’s ability to transform food into energy. Pungent and cleansing digestive herbs in Fatigue Fighter include angelica, tangerine peel, atractylodes, pinellia and poria a diuretic, to reduce bloating impurities known in Chinese medicine as “dampness.” It is the soggy mucus, water retention, and undigested food that slows digestion, harms circulation and makes us feel bloated, gassy and uncomfortable.
“Dampness” is an energy concept in Chinese medicine that translates into a number of body and mind discomforts ranging from water retention in face, belly and legs, obesity, blood backed up in the heart, sluggish digestion, painful joints and depression. The person troubled by excess “dampness” may have a swollen body, low vitality and lack adequate breath and digestive capacity to look to the future.
Spicy purple perilla leaves, in the mint family, are used in Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments, as well as in Asian cooking as a tasty garnish. Leaf extracts have shown antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and tumor-preventing properties. Perilla leaves often top a delicious Chinese or Vietnamese soup.
It is recommended to use tonic herbs such as reishi and digestive herbs found in this formula while using strong cleansing or anti-inflammatory herbs over a period of time in order to avoid weakness or indigestion.
Reishi mushroom (ganoderma), agastache, poria, angelica, tangerine peels, licorice root, platycodon root, white atractylodes, pinellia buds, perilla leaf.
People who are unfamiliar with Chinese herbs may find their smell and taste unusual. We suggest that you become acquainted with them gradually. Empty the package of herbs into – quarts of water and simmer them for up to 15 minutes. A non-metal pot works best. If possible use a ceramic coated or glass pot. The same herbs may be used again, the second cooking can be as long as 1 hour. Inhale the steam to help clear congestion and head and throat discomforts. Allow the mixture to cool until it is comfortably warm. If necessary you might add a little fresh lemon juice or raw honey to enhance the flavor.