Treasure hidden in the forest of Guizhou

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Treasure hidden in the forest of Guizhou

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:

Lingzhi

Lingzhi, or ganoderma lucidum, is in the shape of an umbrella, with a kidney-shaped, semi-circular or almost circular pileus. It has effects of conserving vitality, soothing nerves, relieving coughs and preventing asthma, and can be used for treating dizziness, insomnia, palpitations, shortness of breath, physical weakness, cough and asthma, etc. The Lingzhi planting base in Yangba Town, Ceheng County, Guizhou is praised as “a natural oxygen bar”. It has abundant rainfall and mild and humid climate, with relative humidity of about 85-90%, annual average temperature of 15-20℃, and vast temperature difference between day and night, which are favorable for accumulation of organic substances, making Lingzhi growing here superior in quality.

Tianma

Tianma, or Rhizoma Gastrodiae, is one of the representatives of rare TCM herbs in Guizhou. Particularly, the Dafang Tianma growing in Bijie, Guizhou is the best. It is commonly known that “The best Tianma in China grows in Guizhou, while the best one in Guizhou can be found in Dafang.” Rhizomes of Tianma can be used as food as well as medicine. As a kind of medicine, it can treat dizziness, numbness of limbs, febrile seizure, and other diseases. As a food ingredient, it can be found in dishes such as Walnut Fish with Tianma, Stewed Free Range Chicken with Tianma, and Pork Ribs Hot Pot with Tianma, with the effect of healthcare.

Duzhong

Duzhong, or eucommia ulmoides, is a precious traditional Chinese medicine growing in Guizhou, as well as one of the “three treasures” in Guizhou. Its bark is praised as the “plant gold”, with functions of tonifying liver and kidney, strengthening muscles and bones, lowering blood pressure and preventing miscarriage. Zunyi in Guizhou is a well-known “home to Duzhong in China”, enjoying the reputation across the country for its high quality and large output of Duzhong.