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Ong Wee Ling, Traditional Chinese Medicine physician.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, On Ong Wee Ling, tells us which Chinese herbs can boost our constitution and combat common health issues.
IRON DEFICIENCY This manifests as fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, poor concentration and a pale complexion. Decoction of Eight Treasure ( ba zhen tang) – a well-known herbal remedy – can alleviate it, says Wee Ling. “It combines four herbs to boost your qi or energy – ginseng, atractylodes rhizome ( bai zhu), poria root ( fu ling) and liquorice root ( gan cao) – and four herbs to invigorate the blood and improve circulation – angelica root ( dang gui), Szechuan lovage root ( chuan xiong), white peony root ( bai shao) and rehmannia ( shu di).” HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE If you suffer from headaches, dizziness or neck and shoulder tension, it could be a sign of high blood pressure. Wee Ling recommends a herbal concoction comprising gastrodia and uncaria ( tian ma gou teng yin). “It calms the liver and soothes the qi to promote blood circulation,” she says. HIGH CHOLESTEROL “Take hawthorn fruit ( shan zha), red yeast rice ( hong qu mi) or panax ginseng (tian qi) to lower blood lipid and cholesterol levels,” says Wee Ling. PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME Essential herbs – bupleurum ( chai hu) to regulate the liver’s qi, angelica root, poria root and white peony root to nourish the blood – are found in a herbal remedy called xiao yao wan or dan zhi xiao yao wan. “Taking it regulates your menstrual cycle and reduces PMS symptoms – irritability, abdominal bloating, cramps, ‘fullness’ of the breasts and hot flushes; it also calms the nerves,” she says. INSOMNIA Wee Ling advises: “If you have trouble sleeping at night, mix pearl ( zhen zhu) powder in water and drink up. Or boil arborvitae seeds ( bai zi ren) or schisandra fruit ( wu wei zi) in water to make a tea. These have a sedative effect.”