Chinese Herbs & Medicinal Mushrooms
Herbal medicine is a key pillar in the healing process in Chinese medicine and uses all parts of the plant according to its medicinal properties (leaves, flowers, branches, roots, etc.) while understanding the properties of each individual plant such as its colour, energy (cold, like in green tea), colour, flavour (bitter, sweet, sour, etc.) and more.
The core of Chinese herbal medicine deals with combining different herbs together in different doses in to one formula that creates synergistic and powerful effects greater than the properties of each of the individual herbs within. Herbal formulas may appear in various formulations ranging from dried plants for home cooking, herbal powders and herbal alcoholic extraction (tincture).
In Israel there are over 200 herbs that have been approved by the US FDA and the Israeli Ministry of Health and are considered to be of high quality according to the strictest standards.
Chinese herbal medicine is now very popular in the West as well, and its effectiveness is supported by important scientific studies. For example, the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Professor Youyou Tu for her ground-breaking discovery of a drug for malaria, based on a plant from the Chinese wormwood family (Artemissia Annua).
Medicinal mushrooms have also been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine, mainly in China and Japan but also in Europe. Medicinal mushrooms are rich in active ingredients that help maintain our health, such as polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, amino acids, triterpenoids and dietary fiber, which have been found to be effective in balancing blood pressure, blood sugar and lipids, various cancers, balancing the immune system, lowering inflammatory response and more.
With the help of an accurate diagnosis, Chinese herbs and mushrooms can be combined according to the medical condition and/or combined with acupuncture and nutritional treatment.