8 Best TCM Herbs for Women

Health  |  September 08, 2016
  • 1. If you want stronger bones, consume xian mao (rhizoma curculignis).
    1 / 8 1. If you want stronger bones, consume xian mao (rhizoma curculignis).

    TCM 101: Calcium loss can increase by up to two times as women age.

    How to prepare the herb: Boil 9g of the herb with 12g of xian ling pi (herba epimedii), 3g of licorice root, and five pieces of red dates. Have it once or twice a week.

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  • 2. If you want lusher locks, consume nu zhen zi (fructus ligustri lucidi/glossy privet fruit).
    2 / 8 2. If you want lusher locks, consume nu zhen zi (fructus ligustri lucidi/glossy privet fruit).

    TCM 101: This fruit helps keep hair dark and lustrous, and may also ward cervical and breast cancers.

    How to prepare the fruit: Boil 10-15g of the fruit with 15g goji berries (wolfberries). Have it twice a week.

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  • 3. If you want a sharper memory, consume long yan rou (arillus longan/dried longan).
    3 / 8 3. If you want a sharper memory, consume long yan rou (arillus longan/dried longan).

    TCM 101: This fruit helps women who are often agitated or lose track of things easily.

    How to prepare the fruit: Steam 10-15g of the fruit once or twice a week with a teaspoon of sugar.

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  • 4.  If you want fewer blemishes, consume bai he (bulbus lilii/lily bulb).
    4 / 8 4. If you want fewer blemishes, consume bai he (bulbus lilii/lily bulb).

    TCM 101: Breakouts could result from “imbalances’ in women’s organs.

    How to prepare the herb: Cook 15-30g of the herb with 20-30g of green beans and some rock sugar. Have it twice or thrice a week.

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  • 5. If you want a healthier flush, consume zhang hong hua (flos carthami).
    5 / 8 5. If you want a healthier flush, consume zhang hong hua (flos carthami).

    TCM 101: This herb improves blood circulation and gives women a youthful, rosy glow. Drinking the tea (see recipe below) also helps regulate cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure levels.

    How to prepare the herb: Steep 3-6g in hot water. Have it once daily.

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  • 6. If you want improved digestion, consume huai shan (rhizoma dioscoreae/Chinese yam).
    6 / 8 6. If you want improved digestion, consume huai shan (rhizoma dioscoreae/Chinese yam).

    TCM 101: Sipping the soup (see recipe below) helps enhance nutrient absorption in the gut.

    How to prepare the herb: Boil 15g of the herb with 9-12g of huang qi (radix astragali). Have it once daily.

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  • 7. If you want an easier menstrual period, consume yi mu cao (herba leonuri).
    7 / 8 7. If you want an easier menstrual period, consume yi mu cao (herba leonuri).

    TCM 101: The tea (see recipe below) will help purge blood from the womb so it returns to its original condition, with as little downtime as possible.

    How to prepare the herb: Five days before your period (or after giving birth), brew 15-30g of the herb and drink once daily. Stop when your period comes.

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  • 8. If you want a better menstrual flow, consume dang gui (radix angelicae sinensis).
    8 / 8 8. If you want a better menstrual flow, consume dang gui (radix angelicae sinensis).

    TCM 101: This herb replenishes blood stores after a woman’s period or childbirth.

    How to prepare the herb: Boil 6-9g of the herb, 12-15g of huang qi (radix astragali), and a black chicken for one to two hours. Have it once or twice weekly.

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