Using Chinese herbs on a regular basis is a simple but effective way of boosting energy levels and fighting fatigue.
In the language of Chinese medicine, energy-boosting herbs are called ‘Qi tonics’. These herbs provide deep, long term tonification to the whole body. They are not empty stimulants, and generally do not have an instant effect. However, taken for longer periods they can bring about profound and long lasting improvements in our overall energy levels and well-being.
We have all heard of ginseng – one of the most famous herbs in the world. It is a wonderful herb, and very highly prized across Asia. But in the West not so many people know the important differences in the types of ginseng, and what each one is used for – this often means that people take the wrong kind.
One of the main distinctions is between red and white ginseng. In each case the same root is used, but processing methods are different. The red ginseng is more heating and stimulating – it is ideal for people who are generally cold and sluggish, but not really suitable for people who are more warm or hot natured.
Other kinds of ginseng also have different natures – Siberian ginseng is another very heating and stimulating herb, similar to red ginseng, but American ginseng is more cooling and is a better choice for many people.
Other ‘Qi tonic’ herbs are used regularly in China as ingredients in cooking. Astragalus root, cordyceps muchrooms, Chinese yam, and Chinese dates (or ‘jujube’) are all used in this way. As well as contributing flavour to a dish they also impart their energy-boosting and health-giving properties. The ancient Chinese doctor Shen Nong said that regular use of herbs in this way would ‘make the body light, prevent senility and prolong life’.
All of these herbs are available in oriental super-markets, and can be easily used without any special training or culinary skill. Used regularly they can really help to improve overall health and well-being.
Please note, if you are taking prescription medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding you should check with your doctor or a qualified herbalist before taking any herbs.
To find out more about using these and other herbs to improve your energy levels, have a look at my Abundant Energy Blueprint