Qu Huangzhang, a famous Chinese doctor developed Yunnan paiyao in the Yunnan province of China in the early 1900’s. The Yunnan province is known as “the Kingdom of Fauna and Flora” for its vast supply of plants and animals used in Chinese medicinals.
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Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) has been used from time immemorial by the North American Indians as a yellow dye and as a bitter tonic.
“The Indians dye their bright yellow with the root of a plant which might very well be called radix flava Americana. This root is generally from one to three inches long, and about one-half an inch in diameter, and sends out a great number of small filaments in every direction except upward; these filaments re as yellow as the body of the root itself, From the root there grows up a stalk about a foot from the ground, and at the top is one broad leaf. A red berry, in shape and size resembling a raspberry, but of a deeper red, grows on the top of the leaf. This berry is ripe in July. ”
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Chamomile is widely used in traditional folk medicine all over the world, especially in Europe and Asia.
I grow up in Europe, and during that time I was often seeking benefits from this herb, especially during winter and autumn, when common colds are frequent guests in any household.
The active constituents of chamomile have anti-inflammatory properties, and ease spasm and discomfort in the digestive tract, and it may also be used as a tonic for inflamed skin.
Chamomile tea may be used as a mild sedative, and is good for insomnia as well as many other nervous conditions. It is nervine and sedative especially suited to teething children and those who have been in a highly emotional state over a long period of time. Animal studies have shown that German Chamomile reduces inflammation, speeds wound healing, reduces muscle spasms, and serves as a mild sedative to help with sleep. Test tube studies have also shown that chamomile has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.