Ganoderma Lucidum occurs in six different colors, but the red variety is most commonly used and commercially cultivated in North America, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea.
Cordyceps, one of the better-known traditional Chinese medicines, consists of the dried fungus Cordyceps sinensis growing on the larva of the caterpillar. It is commonly used in China for the replenishment of general body health. Cordyceps has a broad range of pharmacological and biological actions on the liver, kidneys, heart, and immune system.
One of the known pharmacological effects is its anti-oxidation activity. Cordyceps sinensis, a well-known and valued traditional Chinese medicine, is also called DongChongXiaCao (winter worm summer grass) in Chinese.
Cordyceps is recognized as a health supplement in Chinese traditional medication and is also on of the top 3 China most valuable herbs besides Ginseng and Deer's antters. According to the ancient book of record, Cordyceps have the effects in prolonging and strengthening lives, anti-aging, help in lung breathing and very effective in curing erectile dysfunction.
Cordyceps contains Cordyceps polypeptide, which is the most precious active ingredients in Cordyceps. It is extracted using high technology. Even a small amount of Cordyceps polypeptide has remarkable result because its tiny molecules allow it to be easily absorbed into our body.
Some of Cordyceps medicinal efficacies are...
Cynomorium is known in Chinese as suoyang, which is based on the herb's medicinal effects, "locking the yang." It is obtained mainly from the East Asian species, Cynomorium songaricum, though the similar C. coccineum is sometimes utilized as a substitute.
The plant harvested for Chinese medicine grows at high altitude, mainly in Inner Mongolia, Qinghai, Gansu, and Tibet. Songaria Cynomorium Herb is the dried fleshy stem of Cynomorium songaricum Rupr. (Fam. Cynomoiaceae).
It is used to tonify the yang (treat impotence and backache), strengthen the tendons, and nourish the blood to alleviate the blood-deficiency type of constipation (typically occurring with old age), Relieve aching and weakness of loins and knees and treat sexual problems (spermatorrhea)
Some of Cordyceps medicinal efficacies are...
Studies have shown that kudzu can reduce both hangovers and alcohol cravings. Persons who take kudzu will still drink alcohol; however, they will consume less than if they had not taken kudzu. The mechanism for this is not yet established, but it may have to do with both alcohol metabolism and the reward circuits in the brain. The Harvard Medical School is studying kudzu as a possible way to treat alcoholic cravings, by turning an extracted compound from the herb into a medical drug.
Kudzu also contains a number of useful isoflavones, including daidzein (an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent), daidzin (a cancer preventive) and genistein (an antileukemic agent). Kudzu is a unique source of the isoflavone puerarin. Kudzu root compounds can affect neurotransmitters (including serotonin, GABA, and glutamate) and it has shown value in treating migraine and cluster headache. It is recommended for allergies and diarrhea.
Kudzu is beneficial for control of some post-menopausal symptoms such as hypertension and diabetes type II.
In traditional Chinese medicine, where it is known as gé gēn (葛根), kudzu is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. It is used to treat tinnitus, vertigo, and Wei syndrome (superficial heat close to the surface).
Spirulina is a genus of the phylum Cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are classified as either blue-green algae or as blue-green bacteria. Spirulina is a rich source of protein. It also contains chlorophyll, carotenoids, minerals, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and some unique pigments.
Spirulina has putative antiviral, hypocholesterolemic,antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antiallergic and immune-modulatory activities.
The spirulina pigment phycocyanin has demonstrated antioxidant activity. It scavenges peroxyl radicals. Phycocyanin has been found to protect against hepatotoxins. The mechanism may be via its antioxidant activity. An extract of Spirulina maxima also protected against carbon tetrachloride hepatotoxicity. The phycocyanin contained in the extract, as well as other antioxidants, probably account for the hepatoprotective effect.
Spirulina platensis extracts have been demonstrated to enhance macrophage function and to enhance humoral and cell-mediated immune functions in human
Some of Spirulina effects include...