TCM for High Cholesterol
TCM Herbs for Cholesterol
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As you must realize, there's no mention of cholesterol in the annals of traditional Chinese medicine. Yet the concept of excessive fat consumption was well understood. Modern research on Chinese herbs have pointed to several herbs that may be useful in reducing "fat in the blood". Some of these products are:
HAWTHORN FAT REDUCING PILL
Extracted from Hawthorn Berries. In one clinical trial, cholesterol was reduced in 84.5% of the participants, total effective rate for triglyceride reduction was 77.39%, and the effective rate for hypertension due to hyperlipemia, an astounding 97. 20%. The herb has no side effects and can be administrated over long periods. The usual oral dose is 1 – 2 tablets three times a day, or 2-3 twice a day. Minimum course of use is usually 1 month
GOOD HEART PILLS
Contains heart-healthy herbs including Hawthorne Berry (SHAN ZA), Red Sage Root (DAN SHEN), Ilex Root (MAO DONG QING), Cinnamon twig (GUI ZHI), and Longan fruit (LONG YAN ROU).
JIAO GU LAN (JIAO GU LIAN, JIAOGULAN) PILLS
An anti-aging, longevity tonic herb. Chemically similar to Ginseng, it is thought to be reinforcing to overall health and has a strong anti-fatigue effect. Strengthens the immune system. Used for a variety of health complaints including cholesterol reduction. Contains 82 saponins, some of which are directly related to the ginsenosides found in ginseng root. Minimum course of use is usually 1 month.
RED RICE YEAST
Though not considered a medicinal herb in the pharmacopoeia of TCM, red rice yeast provided the raw material out of which Lipitor, the first statin drug, was engineered. Today many people use red rice yeast in whole herb form to avoid the need for taking a statin drug.