TCM which stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine includes a whole array of healing modalities including herbal medicine. This is the reason why I went to TCM school. I wanted to be an herb woman. Someone who could read the land (like Katniss from the Hunger Games). I wanted to get back to the earth and understand what it bares. Though in school, I fell in love with acupncture. I was quite surprised how much it took over my focus. Now that I am done with school, I am getting back to nature and reclaiming the beauty of herbs! So lets start with my favorite herb!
Pu Gong Ying, Taraxaci Herba, Dandelion
My favorite herb indeed! I think I was first drawn to it because I know it is so good for me, because you see I run “hot”. When we were learning about this herb in my first herbal class, I knew we had a deep connection. First I loved it because as we all know dandelion grows everywhere. People consider it a weed and automatically want to rid it from their yards. But don’t do it! It is so much more than just a weed! It clears heat by cooling the Liver and Stomach channels. IT is also bitter and sweet, just like me! Anyways, it is a helpful herb for the liver because it is a detoxer. You know how you just partied too hard over the weekend or even have jaundice, well this herb will help detox your liver! How great is that! Because the Liver channel goes to the eyes, it is also great for clearing up red and swelling eyes by making a steam of it. The leaves are also edible. You probably have seen the leaves for sale at your farmers market. Yes, they are bitter, but bitter is good! That means it has draining properties, draining your heat through your urine. Well we have to get rid of it somehow right? Anyways, the dark leafy greens are also full of vitamins and minerals so eat them up and be healthy! Just be careful where you get them from, I would stay away from the roadside dandelions because of the pollution that gets wafted into the roadside.
Well Pu Gong Ying does so much more than what I have discussed, but just remember this is a powerful and wonderful herb. Treat it with respect and when you need it, it will be there for you. Happy Herbal Fridays!