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Chinese Materia Medica(2)

1. Herbs for Relieving Exterior Syndromes (Pungent and Warm)

1) ephedra

2) cinnamon twig

3) schizonepeta

4) ledebouriella root

5) perilla leaf

6) fresh ginger

7) notopterygium root

8) dahurian angelica root

9) chinese lovage root

10) spring onion

11) magnolia flower

2. Herbs for Relieving Exterior Syndromes (Pungent and Cool)

(to be continued)


Amazing Effectiveness of Chinese Herbs

Herbal Medicine Cures Chronic Fatigue
Chapter 2

Naomi knew she had to do something, but she had no idea what and was plainly perplexed. It was at this time that a friend introduced her to a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor. She did not expect much, thinking the doctor would say it was just stress like all the other doctors, but went to see him anyway because her friend recommended him.

The examination, however, was totally different from those she had experienced at the other hospitals. She was expecting a three-minute examination but the examination lasted thirty minutes, with the doctor asking many questions about her symptoms. She had a feeling that this doctor could cure her. Answering the doctor's questions, she felt much better.

At the end of the examination, the doctor prescribed her some herbal medicine. The doctor explained to her that the medicine was made from Chinese herbs, made of natural ingredients.

She did not feel much change the first month she started taking the medicine, but she realized her fatigue gradually becoming lighter after the second month. Every time she went to the hospital for her medicine, the doctor explained to her in an easily understandable manner what was happening inside her body. This made her feel that she was getting better day by day, and gave her the strength to continue her treatment patiently.

Six months later, she was able to wake up in the mornings without any problems. She was also able to concentrate on her work and enjoy her days off going shopping and so forth.

The formula which saved Naomi from chronic fatigue is as follows:

Hochu-Ekki-Tou (decoction for reinforcing the stomach and bowels and supplementing qi)

List of herbal medicines contained:

  1. Astragalus membranaceus (Radix) 15g
  2. Panax ginseng (Radix) 10g
  3. Atractylodes macrocephala (Rhizoma) 10g
  4. Citrus reticulata (Pericarpium) 6g
  5. Cimicifuga foetida (Rhizoma) 3g
  6. Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Radix) 5g
  7. Bupleurum chinense (Radix) 3g
  8. Angelica sinensis (Radix) 10g
  9. Zingiber Offiinale (Rhizoma) 3g
  10. Zizyphus jujuba (Fructus) 3g

Astragalus membranaceus (Radix) and Panax ginseng (Radix) are important herbs which improve our body functions. Panax ginseng (Radix) has been used as a healing tonic since ancient times, and has also been used for patients with dangerous conditions such as falling blood pressure due to a heart condition.

TCM uses Astragalus membranaceus (Radix) and Panax ginseng (Radix) to invigorate qi, which will be explained later. Astragalus membranaceus (Radix) and Panax ginseng (Radix) are also effective for chronic fatigue and loss of strength. They work to improve the immunity of the human body by activating the endocrine and nervous systems. By making use of these herbs, chronic fatigue can be fundamentally cured.


  • By supplementing qi, chronic fatigue can be cured.
  • Astragalus membranaceus (Radix) and Panax ginseng (Radix) invigorate qi and improve body functions.

Astragalus membranaceus (Radix) and Panax ginseng (Radix) also work to activate sexual glands. They are also recommended to those suffering from sexual gland malfunctions.

Hochu-Ekki-Tou, a formula consisting of ten kinds of Chinese herbs including Astragalus membranaceus (Radix) and Panax ginseng (Radix) as the main ingredients, cured Naomi’s chronic fatigue.

How did the combination of these herbs cure chronic fatigue, a symptom incurable through contemporary medicine?

In this secret lies the essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine, systematized through four thousand years of application, a medicine for the human body still applicable today.

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The next chapter will explain how the combination of ten kinds of Chinese herbs cured Naomi’s chronic fatigue.