Chinese Traditional Herbs & Their Use

Hosted by Suzy MacFarland
Group active since Wed, Feb 05, 2014

This group has been formed for educational purposes only. The information provided in this group is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any illness or injury and should not be implied in any way to do so.
Please do not self medicate. This can be very dangerous even with some herbal products. Seek the advise of a medical professional.

When possible, I will post photographs of particular herbs or patented herbals.

If you have medical or health questions, please ask a medical professional, or Chinese Traditional Medicine practitioner. (TCM)

I sincerely, hope those interested in becoming more familiar with Chinese herbs and their traditional use enjoy this group and hopefully broaden their interests in this area.

I will be adding recipes for conjee and other Chinese dishes as time goes on, so please look for these in the future.

I have studied TCM for nearly 25 years and I happily share with you what I know. : )


The image for this group has been selected to show how the traditional Chinese formula is prepared at the herbalist. This is a common sight in many Chinese American communities. I, personally, have spent many hours at the Chinese herbalist and have had over a hundred herbs that I have used in formulas.
The herbalist stores many medicinal herbs in a wall of small drawers labeled with the name of each herb carried and the quality.
The practitioner weighs out with a small scale a certain amount of each herb in the formula then wraps the raw herbs in butcher paper in a nice neat little package or packages. The practitioner has previously discussed the patrons maladies with them and gives them a paper with instructions on how to use the formula.
The formula is then cooked in a Chinese herbal pot made specifically for this purpose at the patron's home. In fact, there are now electric ones on the market!

This photo is a stock photo from Photo Pin.
photo credit: snowpea&bokchoi via photopin cc
photo credit: sno

Suzy MacFarland
Feb 9, 2014

Citrus & Ginger Herbal Tea

HI Everyone! I just posted this tea. I hope you enjoy reading about it. Please read all cautions associated with these teas and this group. Thanks for visiting!

Suzy MacFarland
Feb 7, 2014

Cinnamon and Hoelen Combination--Herbal Tea

I have just posted this formula for anyone interested.
Please do read the Cautionary Notes discussion. Thank you.

Suzy MacFarland
Feb 7, 2014

Cautionary Notes--Important--Please read

I have just posted a traditional Chinese herbal formula. This formula is for educational purposes and not intended to be used for a cure, treatment or prevention of any illness, disease or injury. I cannot stress enough how important it is to consult a licensed M.D. or trained Traditional Medical practitioner. I strongly advise against self medication. Certain herbs may have interactions with Western perscriptions and cause harmful effects. Certain herbs that you may be familiar with may not be safe in certain amounts or in combination with other herbs or medications.
Please use extreme caution. In the Western world, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is not a standard cultural practice and therefore, it is important to seek medical professionals before using. Pregnant women should NOT use ANY herb for any reason unless they consult a Licensed medical professional.
If you have any doubts, please consult a medical doctor.


Suzy MacFarland
Feb 7, 2014

New recipe! Leek Congee

I have just posted a new recipe of authentic Chinese cooking.
Congee is actually gruel. It is very popular in China and often made with grains raised locally. Of course, the most commonly used are rice and millet.
This is the perfect food for nursing convelescing people back to health, for small children and the elderly.
Of course, this is a good recipe made anytime by anyone.
The recipe is NOT diabetic friendly, however, it is low fat, vegan and vegetarian.
Many Chinese households still add Chinese Tradtional Medicine herbs to their congee as prescribed by an M.D. or TCM practitioner.
Just about anything can be added to a congee, bits of veggies, leftover meat, broth, herbs and spices.
The combinations number in the hundreds.
I hope you try it and let me know what you think and the variations that you used! Thanks for looking!

Gretchen ***
Feb 6, 2014

Love it

Great idea for a group Suzy! I've used Chinese herbs for several years- I use to order them from East Earth Trade Winds. They sell the formulas and individual herbs also.

Suzy MacFarland
Feb 5, 2014

Po Chai Wan (Po Chai Pills)

The first Herbal I want to introduce is the Po Chai Wan. This is an over the counter herbal supplement that has been around since 1896 developed by Li Shiu Kei. After the Chinese civil war, Li Shiu Kei relocated to Hong Kong as the family property became nationalized by China. As a result there are two factories producing this supplement.
This particular formula may be of interest to some as it contains femented wheat flour in the mixture. The constituent is call Massa Fermentata.

This supplement is still in common use for stomach and general digestive disorders. It is supposed to relieve fullness, bloating and help as a digestive. It was and probably still is recommend to those overeating and drinking.

This herbal comes as tiny little pellets in dosage size vials. I have used these since the 70's when they were packaged in little glass vials with real little corks. Now they are packed in plastic vials with plastic corks which I assume is a cost saving measure in manufacturing.

Please, I would like to hear your comments if you have used these or know about the supplement or if you just have questions.

I have inserted a photo of the box containing the pills. photo credit: kleinmatt66 via photopin cc

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