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What is Organic Dokudami?
What are the benefits of Organic Dokudami?
What is Yu Xing Cao
What is the difference between DOKUDAMI and YU XING CAO?

 


 

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What is Organic Dokudami?

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Dokudami is a perennial herb native to Japan. A vigorous grower, it can be seen in hilly areas, fields, roadsides, and even between the cracks of asphalt. The ancients could not miss this plant, consequently, it made its way into the medicine books early in human history. In regards to its ancient uses, the plant's common name is highly telling. Doku means poison and dami means blocking. Dokudami translates to "the poison blocking plant". Ancient people used it to counteract the effects of poisoning, a common practice amongst warring factions of those times. One of the top ten healing herbs in Japan, Dokudami is easily one of the most revered and popular herbal medicines. In folklore medicine it is used fresh and dry. When fresh, it’s applied as a poultice, added to the bath, eaten as a salad, and pressed for its juice. In dry form it’s decocted as tea and made into a medicinal powder. In terms of medical uses, it is regarded as a panacea or “cure-all”. Indeed, its other common name, juuyaku means ten drugs in one! It is considered to be antidotal astringent, diuretic, a mild laxative, anti-inflammatory, urinary antiseptic, analgesic, anti-tussive, and vulnerary. Internally, it is used for anal prolapse, dyspepsia, infectious skin diseases, pernicious malaria, infected sores, snakebites, tumors, cancer, cough, dysentery, enteritis, fever, gastritis, hemoptysis, laryngitis, lung abscess, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, pertusis, hemorrhoids, pharyngitis, chronic uterine or cervical infection, leprospirosis, otitis media, cystitis, urinary infection, and mastitis. Applied externally it is used for abscesses, anal prolapse, hemorrhoids, snakebite, swellings, boils, injuries, and to stimulate bone growth. Dokudami is seen as a detoxifier, cleansing the system by acting as a mild laxative and diuretic. In traditional Japanese medicine, toxins in the system are seen as the source of disease. This plant was seen as moving the toxins out of the body and thereby removing the source of disease. This plant is so popular the Japanese Medicines Codex, prepared by the Japanese Ministry of Welfare, approves it as a diuretic. In the modern age, very few medicinal plants retain a place in the Japanese Medicines Codex! When a person needs gentle detoxification, Dokudami is the plant.

 

 

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What are the benefits of Organic Dokudami?

A:

(1) Fights allergies and Asthma

(2) Removes free radicals (Toxins)

(3) Fights Bacteria

(4) Supports the Immune System

(5) Reduces Inflammation

(6) other Benefits

 

(1) Fights Allergies and Asthma

 

In a recent article, researchers have shown that Dokudami (Houttuynia cordata) is an excellent aid in the fight against allergies and asthma. Both disorders are the result of the excessive release of histamines. Histamine is used as a local immune response to toxin exposure. When you are allergic to a substance, the substances causes your body to overreact by producing an excessive amount of histamines.

 

These histamines cause what are called anaphylactic reactions, which lead to allergic response in the body, asthma in the lungs and at the worst, anaphylactic shock. The article demonstrates that Dokudami has excellent inhibitory effects on histamine release. In other words, it's a histamine blocker and can aid in inhibiting anaphylactic effects.

 

(2) Removes Free Radicals (Toxins)

 

A free radical is any chemical compound with free electrons. They are thus able to combine with and/or destroy other molecules. Many free radicals in our bodies are essential and for our bodies to perform their regular biological functions. However, often free radicals are produced by the effects of modern industrial society - processed food, burned food, pollution, chemically treated water, and so on. Free radicals are thought to artificially age the body and cause cancer. They are also the source of many other ills. Another recent article has shown that there are many plants native to Korea, including Dokudami, which are excellent 'free radical scavengers'.² In other words, the biological components of Dokudami search the blood and neutralize free radicals. They don't literally search but are instead drawn through electromagnetic and circulatory forces to free radicals. Dokudami contains polyphenols, the active free radical neutralizing chemical.

 

(3) Fights bacteria

 

Of course, many of the bacteria in your body are natural and beneficial. But other sorts of bacteria can be quite harmful. A recent article³ has shown that Dokudami fights a variety of harmful bacteria. But it is particularly effective at fighting two species of bacteria: Propionibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus epidermidis. Both of these bacteria are major causes of acne. It is for this reason that Dokudami may help calm acne breakouts by suppressing the bacteria that causes acne.

 

(4) Supports the Immune System

 

Dokudami helps to stimulate the immune system. The way it does so is by stimulating the production of lymphocytes, part of the body's natural defense systems. For those of you who don't know, a lymphocyte is a kind of white blood cell. They are sometimes called 'NK' or natural killer cells.

 

(5) Reduces Inflammation

 

We know now that Dokudami can reduce inflammation. Dokudami was chosen to be used as one of the eight compounds chosen for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in China.. It also reduces the severity of one form of ear inflammation, known as xylene-induced ear edema. Within twenty-four hours, an injection of Dokudami extract significantly decreases inflammation of various types, such as pleurisy. And, it's more effective than dexamethasone, a standard anti-inflammatory.

 

(6) Beneficial in Other Ways

 

Dokudami has many benefits, but it can have a variety of positive effects that are the result of some of the benefits we've discussed. For instance, because Dokudami is a free-radical scavenger, it can eliminate a variety of toxins from your body. Since it functions as an antiinflammatory agent, it can reduce swelling in many areas of the body. Remember its antibacterial power? Since Dokudami kills acne causing bacteria it aids in the discharging of pus. And due to its histamine blocking ability it can prevent anaphylactic shock in large enough quantities. The benefits of Dokudami are not limited to the first five on my list, as everything is connected. When you improve one area, it can improve other areas as well.

 

 

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What is Yu Xing Cao

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Commonly known as Heartleaf (Khowtong): “Security guard for your health” Heartleaf or Khowtong has the scientific name: Houttuynia cordata Thunbgenus Houttuynia, is a flowering plant native to Japan, Southern China and South East Asia, where it grows in moist, shady places. Houttuynia is a herbacious perennial plant growing to between 20 and 80 cm. The proximal part of the stem is trailing and produces adventitious roots, while the distal part of the stem grows vertically. The leaves are alternate, broadly heart-shaped, 4-9 cm long and 3-8 cm broad. The flowers are greenish-yellow, borne on a terminal spike 2-3 cm long with 4-6 large white basal bracts.

 

Heartleaf is also known around the world such as:

 

Houttuynia cordata Thunb.

 

SYNONYM(S):

Gymnotheca chinensis Decne., Polypara cochinchinensis Lour.

CHINESE:

Ji cai (Taiwanese tsi ts'ai), Yu xing cao (medicinal name).

DANISH:

Houttuynia.

DUTCH:

Houttuynia.

ENGLISH:

Chinese lizard tail, Fish mint, Fish plant, Fishwort, Heartleaf , Himalayan spinach, Lizard's tail, Edible houttuynia, Heartleaf houttuynia, Vietnamese fish plant, White chaplu, Wild houttuynia.

FRENCH :

Hottonie, Houttuynie.

GERMAN:

Buntblatt, Chinesischer Eidechsenschwanz.

JAPANESE

Dokudami.

KOREAN:

약모밀 .

LAOTIAN:

Phak khao thong.

NEPALESE:

Gandhe, Gane.

RUSSIAN:

Xауттюйния сердцевидная, Хоуттуиния.

SLOVENIAN:

Hutujnija.

SWEDISH:

Hoyttynia.

THAI:

ผักกานตอง Phak kan tong, ผักคาวทอง Phak khao tong, ผักคาวตอง Phak khao tong (Northern Thailand), ผักเขาตอง Phak khao tong, พลูแก Phlu kae (Central Thailand). พลูคาว

VIETNAMESE:

Diếp cá, Giấp cá, Ngư tinh thảo, Rau dap ca, Vap ca.

FRENCH:

Houttuynie à fleurs doubles.

 

ENGLISH:

Coriander-scented houttuynia, Chinese houttuynia, Vietnamese houttuynia,Chinese lizard tail.

DANISH:

Kamæleonblad.

DUTCH:

Bonte houttuynia.

ENGLISH:

 

Chameleon plant, Variegated houttuynia.

FRENCH:

Houttuynia cordata panaché, Houttuynie caméléon, Houttuynie panachée.

GERMAN:

Bunter Houttuynia, Chamäleonpflanze.

SWEDISH:

Kameleontblad.

 

The plant grows well in moist to wet soil and even slightly submerged in water in partial or full sun.

 

 

What is the different between DOKUDAMI and YU XING CAO:

 

Dokudami has antioxidant properties of 271.5 micromold per liter.
Yu Xing Cao has antioxidant properties of 875 micromold per liter or more than 3 times stronger antioxidant properties than Dokudami.

Yu Xing Cao is therefore called our premium product.

 

Medicinal & Culinary Use:

 

Grown as a leaf vegetable, particularly in Vietnam, where it is called giấp cá or diếp cá and is used as a fresh herbal garnish. The leaf has an unusual taste that is often described as fishy (earning it the nickname "fish mint"), so it is not enjoyed as universally as basil, mint, or other more commonly used herbs. Houttuynia is also used in herbal medicine. The beverage dokudami cha (Japanese: ドクダミ茶; literally "Houttuynia cordata tea") is an infusion made from Houttuynia cordata leaves,

 

 

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