Medical Herbs – Marsh Mallow and Chinese Yam

Medical Herbs

Renowned for their effectiveness in many diseases, medical herbs play a very important role in human health for a long time. Herbal medicine use a plant’s roots, leaves, flowers, berries and seeds for medicinal purposes, here I will list some common and very useful herbs for your reference:

Marsh MallowMarsh Mallow – This herb has been used as both a food and a medicine for over two thousands of years; it contains flavonoids like quercetin, diosmetin glucosides, kaempferol. Often, the root and leaves are used to make medicine; however, don’t confuse marshmallow with the mallow flower and leaf. Marsh mallow can help treat some digestive troubles due to it is rich in powerful carminative qualities. In addition, marsh mallow can be used as a great remedy for coughs, pleurisy, congestion, whooping-cough; this is because it has strong expectorant properties. Plus, marsh mallow has skin benefits, for example: it can cure cuts, burns, bruises and other wounds. In a word, marsh mallow can boost your immune system thus benefit your overall health.

Chinese Yam – Native to China, this is the swollen rhizome of a yam plant with a thin yellowish outer skin over its crispy white flesh. In today’s market, this herb can available in fresh or dried herb. Chinese Yam has different name, such as ‘huai shan’ in Chinese, ‘Seyeo’ in Korean, ‘nagaimo’ in Japanese. Chinese yam has a taste which is mildly similar to potato, and often used as both culinary and medicine properties. Like marsh mallow, Chinese yam also can contribute to aid digestion; this is because amylase and polyphenol oxidase in this vegetable make it a perfect medicine and food to help digestion and absorption. In addition, Chinese yam can lower blood sugar, soothe mood and regulate sleep, and promote longevity.

In conclusion, these medical herbs have powerful benefits and fewer side effects.