When in Asia, do as the Asians do.
Toxic build-up in our body leads to lethargy, irritability, and weight gain. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methods, however, helps excrete the excess toxins that we consume or are exposed to every day.
Check out this list of herbs that can aid your detox.
Anyone interested in losing abdominal fat should begin taking dried safflower. Safflower is also effective in promoting the Qi and is considered a powerful detoxification herb.
NEXT: Orange peel →
Don’t throw away the skin the next time you eat your orange! Dried orange peel actually promotes urination, removal of phlegm and dampness in the body. Apart from all that, this citrus-derived wonder also aids in strengthening the spleen.
NEXT: Malt →
Barley malt or Mai Ya is known as a good digestive aid in TCM circles. According to Chinese medicine practitioners, malt is helpful for the spleen and stomach. Its main functions are helping to improve digestion and increasing the appetite.
NEXT: Silktree Albizzia Flower →
Like safflower, the use of silk tree albizzia flower promotes the Qi and blood flow. This herb is particularly useful in treating conditions like rheumatism, diarrhea, stomach upsets, uterine bleeding, as well as relieving boils and sores.
NEXT: Lotus Leaf →
Lotus leaf has long been characterized as a good herb for weight loss in TCM. It is mostly used for clearing heat and removing toxicity but can also aid in promoting diuresis, cooling the blood and healing cuts and scrapes.
NEXT: Fructus Forsythiae Fruit →
Lian Qiao is useful for overeating, over drinking and eating contaminated food. When you have symptoms that include abdominal pain, bloating, belching, reflux, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, possibly diarrhea, take Lian Qiao to ease your condition.
NEXT: Honeysuckle Flower →
Honeysuckle flower reduces heat and toxins in the body. It also boosts your immunity so your body can stave off colds and flu. In addition, honysuckle is also strongly antiviral and antibacterial, as well as anti-inflammatory.
NEXT: Hawthorn →
Hawthorn can reduce high cholestrol levels by helping to clear accumulated fat deposits in the arteries. Hawthorn candies, meanwhile, can help improve digestion and increase the appetite. Fun fact: In parts of Europe, Hawthorn berries are widely used as an approved treatment for early stages of heart failure.
NEXT: Wolfiporia Extensa →
Fu Ling can strengthen the body, improve body weight, improve appetite, reduce or prevent side effect of chemotherapy, protect bone marrow, improve liver and kidney functions, and improve radiation therapy on nose and throat cancers.
NEXT: Radix Isatidis →
This Chinese medicine is actually a root that is good at getting rid of body heat. Ban Lan Gen is also helpful in soothing sore throats. So, if there are any family members that have a sore throat, is coming down with a cold or was exposed to someone with a cold, they should take this herb.
NEXT: Safflower →
(But before you take any form of traditional medicine, please remember that the herbs recommended only serve as a general guide and you should consult a licensed TCM physician first.)
By Atika Lim, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, last updated April 2017
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