1: Stinging Nettle Seed (Urtica Dioica)
Stinging Nettle seed is a rich source of essential fatty acids. In old herbals, Stinging Nettle seed was also recommended for goitre, tuberculosis and malarial fevers Stinging Nettle seed is currently being used in clinical practice as a trophorestorative for degenerative kidney disease. Cases of chronic nephritis with moderate loss of kidney function, glomerulonephritis and Bergner’s disease have shown improvement of renal function and increased excretion of wastes. In old herbals, Stinging Nettle seed was also recommended for goitre, tuberculosis and malarial fevers.
2: Astragalus Root (Astragalus Membranaceus)
Used in TCM as a superior tonic remedy. It has immune amphoteric, cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective activity. It is frequently used as a “Fu Zheng herb” to strengthen the immune system and reduce side-effects of chemotherapy. Because it is an immune amphoteric it can also be used to regenerate a disordered immune system and treat autoimmune disorders (including those that affect the kidney) and allergies (Matkovic, et al 2010).
Astragulus strengthens the immune reservoir and Wei Qi. Thus it is useful for chronic lung deficiency, as part of a cancer protocol and for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Astragalus also lowers blood sugar levels, inhibits ulcers, protects the heart from Coxsackie B virus and strengthens the upright Qi, making it useful for organ prolapse.
3: Processed Rehmannia Root (Rehmannia Glutinosa)
Processed Rehmannia Root, or Shi Di Huang, is used as a blood (xue) tonic and is part of the classic Women’s Four Herb Tea as well as other important Chinese formulas. It is useful for deficient blood patterns with pale skin, insomnia, dizziness, irregular menses and palpitations. The processed root is also a kidney yin tonic and helps reduce allergic response.
4: Stinging Nettle Leaf (Urtica Dioica)
A nutrient rich herb used for increasing bone density and stimulating bone healing. Stinging Nettle is also indicated for skin that is ‘papery’ and tears easily and brittle finger nails.
Stinging Nettle is widely known for the rash it causes when fresh. Once dry it becomes a highly nutritious herbal food rich
in iron, magnesium, calcium, boron and carotenoids appropriate for treatment of “deficient blood” i.e. anemia and low hematocrit during pregnancy. A mild non-irritating, potassium-sparing diuretic, it is a “kidney food” strengthening function and tonus of the organ. Stinging Nettle is commonly used for kidney pain caused by nephritis, especially with hematuria. It is also indicated for skin that has lost its tonus and tears easily.
5: Cordyceps Mycelium (Cordyceps Sinensis)
Now grown on organic soybeans, originally this fungus grew on caterpillars. Once a rare and costly herb, it is now widely available and used by athletes to improve performance and to strengthen the lungs and immune system. Cordyceps is also used to calm anxiety.
Cordyceps was once reserved for the royal family of China as a superb tonic to the blood (xue), kidneys (yin and yang) and lung. Cordyceps is used by Chinese Olympic teams to enhance performance, stimulate endocrine function, reduce fatigue and calm nervousness. It can also be useful for heart arrhythmias, glomerulonephritis and loss of libido.