Chinese Herbs For Men's Health
Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Ramy Saleh of Healing with Zen in Pasadena, California discusses some great Chinese herbs in light of Men’s Health Month!
In this video Ramy talks about three herbs that are important for Men’s Health.
The first is Ginseng. We have American Ginseng which is more cooling and nourishing in comparison to the Asian variety. Essentially it is more Yin than Yang. Ginseng is called the king of herbs and strengthens our whole system. Also it is considered to be a Qi Tonic. Which
invigorates and strengthens the entire immune system. American Ginseng also protects the body fluids, and nourishes the lungs.
The second herb is called Cordyceps this one here is grown on brown rice from the mycelium. Which makes this herb affordable without compromising the benefit. It is a kidney yang tonic, but also very balanced in its yin energy so it’s safe to use without overheating. It connects the energetics of the lungs and the kidneys. Since while the lungs draw in the Qi it’s also important for the energy of the kidneys to grasp and anchor that Qi. Cordyceps is very helpful in the case of sexual dysfunction and intends to support men more than women in this regard.
The last herb is called Schizandra, it is also known as the five flavored fruit because it has all five flavors: pungent, salty, sour,
sweet, and bitter. Although it is predominantly sour Sourness is the flavor which resonates with the liver. Schizandra has a special affinity for the liver being both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxifier. Herbs that only have Phase 1 detoxification are ultimately ineffective. Since the toxins are drawn out of the liver, but they end up recirculating back through the bloodstream. Phase 2 detoxification involves elimination of those toxins. Schizandra is also a stringent, which means that it’s a marvelous tonic. It tightens and tones the tissues which helps to preserve fluids especially in the lungs and the kidney reproductive organs. In men it helps to increase endurance and stain power due to its astringent quality. I hope this information inspires you to learn more about what Chinese Medicine can offer in terms of health cultivation for both men and women. Happy Men’s Health Month!
Watch Part 1 of our Men’s Health discussion, where Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Ramy Saleh talks about important Acupressure Points and Herbs by clicking the video above.