Chinese Medicinal Herb Seed Collection Dan-shen (Sage, Chinese Red); Dang-shen (Codonopsis); Huang-qi (Astragalus); Ku-shen (Sophora); Ma-huang (Ephedra); Tien-hua-fien (Gourd, Snake); Tou-gu (Balsam, Chinese); Yi-mu-cao (Motherwort, Chinese)
Some of the main herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Each packet is loaded with germination and cultivation directions. All of these herbs can be grown in temperate gardens. Here’s the rundown with the scientific names and a few other informational tidbits:
Dan-shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) is Chinese Red Sage. Traditional usage (TCM): tonifies the vascular system, helps prevent strokes.
Dang-shen (Codonopsis pilosula) is a perennial climbing vine making ornamental dangling bellflowers. The root is sweetly edible and delicious. Traditional usage (TCM): a ginseng-like tonic.
Tien-gua-fen (Trichosanthes kirilowii) is a perennial snake gourd. Traditional usage (TCM): antiretroviral.
Huang-qi (Astragalus membranaceaus) is the well-known “yellow leader” that makes the deeply delving, perennial roots. Traditional usage (TCM): immune enhancement.
Ma-huang (Ephedra sinica) is an ancient plant used in TCM for treating upper respiratory congestion and asthma.
Yi-mu-cao (Leonurus artemisia) is Chinese Motherwort, a self-seeding annual, Very showy flowers. Cut flower, herbal tea. Traditional usage (TCM): “good for mother herb”
Ku-shen (Sophora flavescens) Herbaceous perennial subshrub to 5 feet, native to China and Japan. Traditional usage (TCM): clears heat. Long racemes of cream colored flowers give way to generous follicular clusters of seedpods. Handsome and fun, like any good lover.
Tou-gu (Impatiens balsamina) is Chinese Balsam, the easiest germinator we know of. A perfectly brightly flowered plant in pots or garden, Traditional usage (TCM): poulticing agent.
Cultivation of these herbs is further described under the individual herb headings on this website. This set is offered at a substantial discount. It is a great place for those interested in TCM–a veritable starter garden in a cellophane bag.
8 full-sized seed packets, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s