Treasure hidden in the forest of Guizhou 2

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Treasure hidden in the forest of Guizhou 2

by Live in Guizhou


PUBLISHED Nov 15, 2021 • 4MIN READ

Effective medicine would not be made without high-quality herbs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the provenance of herbs is always of vital importance, which is a rule summed up through practices and exploration of the TCM over the past five thousand years. Guizhou is an ideal home to herbs abounding in gifts of nature. Located on a highland in the southwest of China with an average altitude of more than 1,100 meters, Guizhou has a number of mountain ranges across the Province. With a rainy and foggy climate all year round and the acidity of the soil being mostly kept between PH6.5 and 7.5, it is rich in valuable natural treasures, such as Ganoderma lucidum, ginseng, Rhizoma Gastrodiae, Dendrobium officinale Kimura et Migo, and so forth.

Let’s take a look at what herbs are in the forests of Guizhou:

Jinchai Shihu

Jinchai Shihu, or Dendrobium nobile Lindl., growing in Chishui, Guizhou is a rare and endangered plant under second-class state protection in China, which is known as an “invaluable golden herb”, and appraised as the “giant panda among herbs” in the field of medicinal botany in the world. Shihu has the effects of nourishing Yin (a kind of energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine), removing heat and quenching thirst. What’s more, it has very beautiful flowers, with an ornamental value.

Niuhuang

Niuhuang (calculus bovis) or Xihuang are dried gallstones of cattle used in Chinese herbology. A complete piece of Niuhuang is in an oval shape, and its surface is in golden yellow or yellow brown, delicate and shiny. With a faint scent, it tastes slightly bitter but sweet later. It can be used for heat-clearing and detoxicating. Natural Niuhuang is very precious, with a value higher than gold in the global market. So most of the Niuhuang used in Traditional Chinese Medicine is artificial.

Zhuzi shen

Duzhong, or eucommia ulmoides, is a precious traditional Chinese Zhuzi shen or Rhizoma panacis majoris is a Chinese herbal medicine with the effects of resisting diseases and preventing cancer. It contains saponins and polysaccharides, which, after being absorbed by the human body, can activate the regeneration of immune cells, enhance resistance to diseases and cement the immune function of the human body.

Wubeizi

Wubeizi or Rhus chinensis Mill. is a Chinese herbal medicine with a time-honored history of production and utilization. Recorded in the Shan Hai Jing (Classic of Mountains and Seas) as early as more than 2,000 years ago, it is still widely used nowadays. Wubeizi, growing in Tongren, Guizhou, can be used to treat chronic cough, spontaneous sweating, gastrointestinal bleeding, nasal bleeding, aphtha, tinea pedis, etc.

The golden-and-silver honeysuckle

The golden-and-silver honeysuckle, scientifically known as Lonicera japonica, is a specialty of Suiyang County, Guizhou Province, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has petals in white and later in yellow in bloom, hence the name “golden-and-silver honeysuckle”. It can not only release wind-heat, but also detoxify the blood, with remarkable curative effects on all sorts of febrile symptoms (fever and rash), as an effective medicine for clearing heat and removing toxicity since ancient times.

He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu or Fallopia multiflora (Thunb.) Harald is a medicinal material that can be found in all ancient books of Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as the Ben Cao Gang Mu (Compendium of Materia Medica). In the Tang Dynasty, there was a folk legend about a man who could live to 130 years old with black hair and beard after taking the herb. At that time, people did not know what it was, so they called it “He Shou Wu” after the grandson of the person who first took it, whose given name was “Shouwu”. In Xingyi, Guizhou, He Shou Wu grows at the foot of mountains with an altitude of more than 1,000 meters, and is shaped like a human body.