What you are buying here is 50g Eucommia bark (du zhong) dry herbs .
What is eucommia bark? What is it used for?
Eucommia bark comes from the eucommia, or hardy rubber tree. The tree is a member of the rubber family and is found in the Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hubei provinces of China. Mature trees can reach a height of 50 feet; however, the tree is not killed to obtain the bark.
Instead, small patches are peeled away from trees 10 over 10 years old in the late summer and early autumn. The inner bark contains a white, rubberish liquid that accounts for eucommia's healing properties.
In traditional Chinese medicine, eucommia bark has sweet, warm properties. It is associated with the liver and kidneys, and is considered the primary herb used to increase yang functions in the body. Eucommia bark strengthens the bones and muscles, heals injured and weakened tissues, and can treat lower back and leg pain, stiffness and arthritis.
In addition to its healing effects, eucommia has the ability to lower blood pressure; most Chinese formulas used to lower blood pressure contain at least some amount of eucommia. It is also given to pregnant women to calm the fetus and prevent miscarriage.
How much eucommia bark should I take?
The traditional amount of eucommia bark is 10-15 grams, boiled in water for oral use.
What forms of eucommia bark are available?
Dried eucommia bark may be available in some specialty stores. You are more likely to find it as a decoction, or as part of a formula containing other herbs.
What can happen if I take too much eucommia bark? Are there any interactions I should be aware of? What precautions should I take?
As of this writing, there are no known side effects associated with eucommia, nor are there any reports of toxicity due to overdose. However, because eucommia has an effect on blood pressure, patients taking blood pressure medications should consult with their health care provider before taking eucommia or formulas that contain it.
As always, consult with a qualified, licensed health care provider before taking eucommia or any other herbal remedy or dietary supplement.
Eucommia bark Effects, Eucommia bark Use, Health Benefits
Explores the health benefits of Eucommia bark Effects, Eucommia bark use, comprehensive guide to herbal remedies.
Eucommia bark has been used in traditional Chinese herbalism for over 3,000 years. Since the tree does not grow widely outside China,
this herb was not used in other cultures until recently.
Eucommia bark is strongly associated with the kidneys and to a lesser extent with the liver. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys store jing.
Jing is an essential life source and associated with whole body growth and development, as well as normal sexual and reproductive functioning.
The kidney and liver jing also affects the bones, ligaments, and tendons.
In the Chinese system of health, yin aspects must be kept in balance with yang aspects.
Ill health occurs when the energies and elements of the body are out of balance or in disharmony.
Health is restored by taking herbs and treatments that restore that balance.
Eucommia bark is the primary herb used to increase yang functions in the body.
However, it also supports yin functions. Eucommia bark helps to build strong bones and a flexible skeleton with strong ligaments and tendons.
It is a primary herb used to heal tissues that are slow to mend after an injury or that have weakened through stress or age.
It is given to treat lower back and leg pain, stiffness, arthritis, and knee problems including
continual dislocation. Eucommia bark is also believed to have diuretic properties that aid in reducing swelling. Although it can be used alone,
eucommia bark is most often used in conjunction with other herbs that support its functions.
In addition to healing tissues, eucommia bark has two other major functions.
In pregnant women it is given to calm the fetus, soothe the uterus, and prevent miscarriage.
Eucommia bark also has the ability to reduce blood pressure.
This property has been investigated since 1974, and may be related to its mild diuretic action.
Eucommia bark is used in almost all Chinese formulas to lower blood pressure.
Other modern uses of eucommia bark include treatment of impotence, premature ejaculation, and as a mild anti-inflammatory.
It is included in tonics that boost the immune system and generally improve wellness.
However, there is little rigorous scientific research to support these uses.
In the late 1990s Japanese researchers became interested in eucommia bark.
In 2000, researchers at Nihon University in Chiba, Japan, published two studies showing that
both the leaves and the bark of Eucommia ulmoides contained a compound that encourages the development of collagen in rats.
Collagen is an important part of connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments.
However, they found that the compound was present in much greater quantities in fresh leaves and fresh bark,
and that much of it was destroyed during the drying process.
In modern Japan, eucommia leaves are also believed to help with weight loss by reducing the urge to eat.
For this reason, in the late 1990s eucommia leaves became an increasingly popular herb there. However, there are no scientific studies to support this function of the herb.
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30g Eucommia bark (du zhong) , 2 lamb kidney, 5-10g salt, use water to boil it for about 40 minutes.
drink the soup and eat the kidney,
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