Eucommia ulmoides Oliver, also known as bakelite(commonly called “Du Zhong” in Chinese language), is a Eucommia plant.
Eucommia ulmoides has very few free amino acids and contains a small amount of protein. It is a complete protein similar to most foods, that is, it can hydrolyze and detect 8 kinds of amino acids essential to the human body. The 15 mineral elements contained in Eucommia ulmoides were determined, including trace elements such as zinc, copper and iron, and macro elements such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
Medicinal Eucommia ulmoides, which is the dry bark of Eucommia ulmoides, is a valuable nourishing medicinal material in China. It is sweet and warm. It has the effects of replenishing liver and kidney, strengthening the bones and strengthening bones, conditioning and rushing, and solidifying the fetus. It can treat low back pain or soreness caused by kidney yang deficiency, the fetus is not solid due to liver qi deficiency, and the scrotum is wet and itchy. It is listed as the top grade in "Shen Nong's Herbal Classic".
Modern research Eucommia has the effect of removing body waste, strengthening human body cell metabolism, preventing musculoskeletal aging, balancing human blood pressure, decomposing body cholesterol, reducing body fat, restoring blood vessel elasticity, diuretic heat, broad-spectrum antibacterial, exciting central nervous system, and improving white blood cell pharmacological action.
Du Zhong in Chinese Medicine
Practitioners of Chinese medicine use du zhong most commonly to strengthen weak bones and joints, especially in the knees and lower back. It is particularly beneficial for conditions that arise from liver or kidney qi deficiency. As a spicy and sweet herb that is warming in the body, it can dispel many of the cold wind conditions that arise with age, such as arthritis, frequent urination, and generalized pain the lower body. Du zhong is an effective anti-aging herb because it promotes circulation and tonifies the liver and kidneys. From the viewpoint of Chinese medicine, our vital life essence is stored in the kidneys, so it is important to keep this region warm. Du zhong’s capacity to regulate the flow of qi and blood is also helpful for lowering high blood pressure.
In addition to its anti-aging properties, du zhong is beneficial for women experiencing risky, unstable pregnancies. In pregnancy, kidney or liver deficiency can lead to potentially life-threatening complications and miscarriage. When dried and charred, du zhong effectively addresses these deficiencies by directing blood and qi to the region.
Eucommia Bark in Western Medicine
In Western medicine, eucommia bark is used to treat and prevent a variety of metabolic problems. Our metabolisms naturally slow down as we age, but chronic stress, a nutrient deficient diet, and infrequent exercise can all negatively impact our health throughout our lives. To treat metabolic problems like diabetes (and its precursor, insulin resistance), kidney dysfunction, obesity, and cognitive decline, doctors often prescribe supplements that contain eucommia.
Consistent research has shown that eucommia extracts not only combat obesity, but can restore function to the systems that have been affected by it. In two recent animal studies, eucommia both reduced the mass of fat tissue and lowered blood cholesterol levels. Unlike some popular Western treatments for obesity, eucommia spared bone and muscle mass to promote healthy, sustainable fat loss.
In the near future, eucommia may also be used to treat age-related cognitive decline and memory loss. Researchers are currently looking into eucommia bark as a potential intervention for Alzheimer’s disease, which has a number of advantages over the current allopathic treatments. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not only minimally effective for Alzheimer’s, they also have worrying side effects. These include heart problems, nausea, sleep disturbances, confusion, and dizziness. The drugs often interact with other medications, and so may not be an option for many sufferers. By contrast, eucommia’s side effects are mild and extremely rare, and it is very difficult to overdose on this herb.
Eucommia Bark Benefits
This herb has varying degrees of regulation on the immune system, endocrine system, central nervous system, circulatory system and urinary systems. What’s more, it can excite the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal cortex system and strengthen the adrenal function. Modern research also found that it works, in the same way with Dang Shen (Codonopsis) and Huang Qi (Astragalus), to support immune function. All these evidences confirm its old assess by the ancient Chinese wisdom – long term usage of Eucommia can help weight loss and rejuvenation.
Modern pharmacological actions
1. Its decoction can significantly reduce the activities of mice;
2. Its decoction can prolong the pentobarbital-induced sleeping time;
3. It can inhibit the delayed-type hypersensitivity induced by DNCB;
4. It can resist hydrocortisone’s immunosuppressive effects, shift the balance of cell-mediated immunity, enhance the tumor-bearing mice’s ability of increasing glycogen content, and raise blood sugar;
5. All its raw, fried, and sand-scorch decoctions have significant antihypertensive effect to rabbits and dogs. But the raw one has weaker effect. And effect of the other two is almost identical and their absolute value is equal to twice of the raw version; all of them can fight against the effect of hypophysin on isolated uterus – significantly inhibit its spontaneous activity and reduce its frequency and contraction strength.
DuZhong Tea is a healthy drink made from the leaves of Eucommia ulmoides, which is made from traditional tea processing and traditional Chinese medicine decoction processing methods. The taste is slightly bitter and sweet. Regular drinking is good for health. Drinking a cup of health before going to bed is extremely high in value, without any side effects, and convenient for drinking.
Generally speaking, it can be harvested when the Eucommia ulmoides leaves grow up, grows most vigorously, when the flower buds are open, or when the flowers are in full bloom and the fruit seeds are still mature, so that the eucommia ulmoides tea has the highest quality.
【Recipe】 10 grams of Eucommia, 6 grams of ginseng, 6 grams of hawthorn.
【Fumigation】 placed in a porcelain cup or glass with a lid, brewed with water at a temperature of about 85 degrees, preferably with 500 ml of water, and covered with a smoldering bubble for 5 minutes. 3 bubbles a day, one for each of the afternoon, afternoon and evening.
【Effect】 liver and kidney, strong ribs, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood fat and so on. A bag can be brewed out of a cup of high-concentration antihypertensive tea, easy to drink, sacred, every time you drink a bit of fat, blood pressure, drink normal blood pressure, healthy mind and brain, away from high blood pressure and complications.
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