Looking at Dang Shen

Dang shen is a flowering perennial native to Northeast Asia and Korea. It is a climbing herb that can grow eight to ten feet high with roots one to three centimeters thick. Dang shen is thick and bushy and is prevalent along streambeds and at the base of shade trees. It produces green bell-shaped flowers […]

Looking at Shiitake Mushroom

Overview The shiitake mushroom is an edible mushroom native to East Asia. Delicate, with a domed, brown cap and white stem, the mushroom can be dried and then re-hydrated before consumption. While it continues to be found predominately in Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine, the mushroom has become a familiar ingredient in Western cultures […]

Looking at Shilajit

Shilajit (pronounced shill-a-jeet) is a semi-soft substance found in the Caucasus Mountains, Altai Mountains, and Tibetan Mountains of India and Asia. It has a wide color range of copper, gold, silver, black or brown. The compound, which is composed of humus (plant matter) and minerals, is collected in the summer when it seeps from the […]

Looking at Lychii

Lycium Fruit is known by many other names including: lychii fruit, goji berry, wolfberry, and matrimony vine. Four names refer to this bright redish-orange berry that grows on vines up to fifteen feet long, it is cultivated predominantly in plantations in north-central and western China. Its cultivation is on the rise now that its historic […]

Looking at He Shou Wu

Also called Fo Ti Fallopia multiflora Overview Also called He Shou Wu or polygonum multiflorum, Fo Ti is a perennial vine with broad leaves that is native to China. This plant is a source of lectins, chrysophanic acid, chrysophanol, emodin and other nutrients that are now being researched for their health-promoting benefits. Specifically, the root […]