Mental health is an important aspect of our overall wellbeing. Anxiety and stress can impact our mental health and have a significant effect on our daily lives. While there are many conventional treatments for anxiety, some people may prefer natural remedies such as Chinese herbs.
May 2023 represents Mental Health Awareness Month, with the key theme surrounding 'anxiety' this year. Here are some of the most commonly used Chinese herbs for their potential to help anxiety and mental health:
1) Rhodiola (Hong Jing Tian)
Rhodiola is a popular adaptogenic herb used to reduce stress, improve mood and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. It's often used to improve mental and physical performance, making it an excellent choice for those with busy and demanding lifestyles. Rhodiola works by regulating the body's cortisol levels, a hormone that is released during times of stress. Studies have shown that rhodiola can help reduce anxiety, fatigue, and symptoms of depression.
2) Ginseng (Ren Shen)
Ginseng is a well-known adaptogenic herb used to promote mental and physical health. It's believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system and can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Ginseng is also used to improve memory and cognitive function. It's an excellent herb for those experiencing mental exhaustion, fatigue, and stress.
3) Schisandra (Wu Wei Zi)
Schisandra is an adaptogenic herb that can help the body cope with stress. It's often used to improve mental clarity, mood and energy levels. Schisandra is also believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system, making it an excellent choice for those experiencing anxiety and stress.
4) Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi)
Reishi Mushroom is a medicinal mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It's an adaptogenic herb that can help the body cope with stress, improve mental clarity and reduce anxiety. Reishi Mushroom is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system and can be helpful for those experiencing anxiety and stress-related insomnia.
5) Ginger Root (Gan Jiang)
Dried Ginger Root is said to be a warming herb that can help to potentially improve circulation, promote digestion, and enhance the body's ability to absorb nutrients. Additionally, dried ginger is believed to have a calming effect on the stomach and can help to alleviate nausea and vomiting.
While there is limited scientific research on dried ginger's effects on mental health, some practitioners of TCM may use it as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals experiencing anxiety or other mental health concerns.
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