Gastrodia Tuber/Tian Ma (16oz)
Gastrodia has been used to relieve nervous headaches, pain in the trigeminal nerve, nocturnal emissions, difficult breathing, insomnia due to stress, and hypertension. Chemical analysis of gastrodia indicates that it contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. . .
Gastrodiae Rhizoma, also called chì jiàn, guǐ dū yóu, or tiān má in Chinese, is considered a top grade (shàng pǐn) medicine described to enter liver channel (gān jīng) in classic literatures of traditional Chinese medicine and has been used for centuries. Many studies investigating its various bioactivities and active compounds have been conducted worldwide.
This article reviews these biological activities and details the antidepressant pharmacology of Gastrodiae Rhizoma. Gastrodiae Rhizoma treatment exerts an effective inhibition of diverse diseases and disorders, including convulsion, oxidative stress, mental disorders, amnesia, cardio-cerebral-vascular diseases, and inflammation, among others. The antidepressant effect of Gastrodiae Rhizoma was evaluated in animal models and several mechanisms of activity were found, including the modulation and regulation of monoamine oxidase activity, monoamine concentration and turnover, antioxidatant activity, GABAergic system induction, BDNF induction, neuroprotection and anti-inflammatory activity.
From the manufacturer:
The rhizome of Gastrodia elata. The taste is sweet and mild. Gan, Ping. It enters the Liver meridian. Indications: It is used to “stop wind” [nerve pain] and stop spasm, calm liver-yang; expel “wind” and dredge collaterals. It is mainly used for convulsions, dizziness, headache, hemiplegia, numbness, rheumatic arthralgia.
Tianma Steam Pot Chicken
12 grams of gastrodia, 500 grams of black-bone chicken. [Black flesh chicken, available in Chinese butcher shops, is considered more yin (cooling) than regular chicken.]
Chop the black-bone chicken into pieces, parboil it in boiling water, put it in a steamer, add gastrodia elata, add green onion, ginger, pepper, cooking wine, refined salt, and steam it.
Efficacy: nourishing qi and blood, nourishing essence, nourishing liver and improving eyesight. It is used for frail persons for recovery from illness, dizziness, unclear vision, numbness and weakness in hands and feet, etc. [Fragile, underweight persons can gain strength.]