Green tea extract is derived from the green leaves of the tea plant, scientifically known as Camellia sinensis. It has been an essential herb in traditional medicine for centuries, especially in China and India. The biochemical properties of green tea extract include antioxidant properties. It may also help support healthy inflammation management in the body. The antioxidant properties in green tea extract are primarily due to a class of chemicals called polyphenols, known collectively as Green Tea Polyphenols (GTPs).
Ginger ( Zingiber officinale) is a plant that grows in India, China, Mexico, and several other countries. The underground stem is the active part used. This herb has been used for the treatment of inflammation and rheumatism and is used in China and some Western countries as a treatment for nausea.
Ginkgo is native to China, although it has been cultivated elsewhere in Asia since antiquity. Ginkgo extract has an unusually large number of pharmaceutically active compounds. These include terpene trilactones such as ginkgolides A, B, C and J as well as various bilobalides. Additional components of ginkgo extract include flavonoid glycosides such as myricetin and quercetin. The plant also contains alkylphenols, biflavones, phenolic acids, polyprenols and proanthocyanidins. The most prominent use for gingko extract is for cognitive function. It may also support other functions such as vision, menstruation and walking.
Cinnamon is best known as a spice, sprinkled on toast and lattes. But extracts from the bark of the cinnamon tree have also been used traditionally as medicine throughout the world. Cinnamon bark is used for gastrointestinal (GI) upset and diarrhea. It is also used for stimulating appetite; for infections caused by bacteria and parasitic worms; and for menstrual cramps, the common cold, and the flu (influenza).
Hawthorn is often called “the heart herb” for its various cardio-protective abilities. Prized for its ability to uplift and strengthen the heart both emotionally and physically, the hawthorn berry has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for all kinds of serious heart concerns. These include angina, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, irregular heart beat and even congestive heart failure. The most common uses of hawthorn extract involve the support of normal heart functioning. It is also used to manage stress and anxiety.
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) is a common name for Eleutherococcus senticosus, a deciduous, woody shrub that originates from eastern Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and Russia. The most significant benefit of eleuthero’s adaptogenic properties is support for the immune system. Additional uses include support for exercise performance, mental function and overall health.
Rhodiola is a genus of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, which also includes sedums. Rhodiola rosea is the most well-known of these species, with common names that include Artic root, golden root, king’s crown and orpin rose. The root of the Rhodiola plant is the most useful in herbal medicine. It contains about 140 compounds, of which rosavin is one of the most active. Chemically, rosavin is a cinnamyl alcohol glycoside. Rhodiola is commonly used to help with exercise recovery. Additional uses of Rhodiola include maintaining memory, heart health and support for the immune system.
Coptis root is known as rhizoma coptidis and Huang Lian, this herb has a long history of treating illness in China. It has a strong antibacterial effect on staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, Vibrio cholerae, Bacillus anthracis, and dysentery bacterium except Shigella sonnei, it also has an antibacterial effect on Klebsiella pneumoniae, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Bacillus subtilis, Bordetella pertussis, yersinia pestis, brucellosis, and tuberculosis.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, goji has been used to stimulate the immune system, improve sight, protect the liver, improve circulation, increase longevity and protect against heart disease among other actions. Lycium barbarum is classified as a Yin tonic herb and also as a blood tonic due to its protective and nourishing action.
Dong quai is the common name for Angelica sinensis, an herb in the Apiaceae family. Dong quai has been an essential herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. Within the context of TCM, the term “dong quai” refers specifically to the root of the plant, which is yellow-brown with multiple branches. The uses of dong quai in TCM include women’s health, inflammatory conditions, joint problems, fatigue, high blood pressure and infections. Dong quai contains many complex classes of chemicals, including coumarins, flavonoids, phytosterols and polysaccharides. The primary use of dong quai is the relief of menopausal symptoms. Many people also use it to help cope with occasional headaches.
Panax ginseng is a plant that grows in Korea, northeastern China, and far eastern Siberia. People use the root to make medicine. Panax ginseng contains many active substances. The substances thought to be most important are called ginsenosides or panaxosides. Panax ginseng is often referred to as a general well-being medication, because it affects many different systems of the body.
Red yeast rice extract is a compound extracted from red yeast rice, an Asian specialty which has been produced and consumed for centuries. Red yeast rice extract (RYRE) is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been purported to lower cholesterol.