Astragalus (huang qi)
Botanical Name: Astragalus, various species
System Affected: energizer, circulation, hypertension, weight loss
Properties: Increases energy reserves, especially in legs and arms. Keeps body warm in cold, immune system, infections, HIV, viral infections myasthenia gravis, peripheral vascular disease whole body tonic age and stress resistance weight loss, asthma, hay fever cardiac arrhythmia pneumonia
Botanical Name: Lycium chinese
System Affected: male aphrodisiac, anti-aging, eyes
Properties: erection problems raises testosterone levels; anti-aging properties in men, Blurred vision, eyesight anti-oxidant contains carotenoids
Lo Han Kuo
The Cucurbitaceae Fruit is widely known in the Orient as the "magic herb." The people of the orient call it the "longevity fruit" because it is a moist (lungs/skin), cooling, calming, relaxing herb that balances the excess yang (heat) and stress that result from tension associated with life's problems. It has been used for thousands of years for moistening the lungs and skin, helping with sore throats, and coughs, purifying the blood and regulating the digestive tract, eliminating diarrhea, constipation, etc.
The Cucurbitaceae Fruit is a member of the squash family, closely related to cucumbers. The spongy white interior pulp and seeds of this unpeeled immature bitter melon are sliced for use as a vegetable in various Asian dishes. The fruit are parboiled or soaked in salted water to remove excessive bitter principle.
In addition, the Cucurbitaceae Fruit has a naturally sweet taste (250 times sweeter than refined sugar, and with no calories), which people concerned with sugar intake will appreciate. No wonder a large number of Chinese, who grow Cucurbitaceae and eat the fruit daily, live over 100 years.