Common Names: Morinda Root Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Morindae Officinalis Botanical Name: Morinda officinalis TCM Category: Tonifying Herb- Tonify the Yang TCM Properties: Acrid, Sweet, Slightly Warm TCM Channels Entered: Kidney Don’t judge an herb by its looks! On second thought- do judge this herb by its looks. An ancient Greek herbology principle, the Doctrine of Signatures, states that an herb that looks like a body part can also be beneficial for that body part, like walnuts and the brain (Omegas). This creepy-looking herb, Ba Ji Tian, resembles a body tissue of sorts, like a tendon, muscle or another component of a joint. It is, in fact, commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to strengthen muscles and tendons. In doing so, it relieves muscle spasms, muscle cramps, muscle atrophy, joint pain and tight musculature with difficulty flexing and moving, particularly in the low back pain and knees. The herb itself poetically does not wither in winter, and helps the muscles and joints from withering in the body. Research has shown Ba Ji Tian can actually increase plasma levels of corticosteroids by stimulating the pituitary gland and adrenal cortex.
Reproductive Health Properties: Ba Ji Tian is commonly used for female infertility. It is a mild thyroid fortifier, and has been shown to improve thyroid function. This herb also improves blood flow to the uterus and, along with other herbs, can assist with symptoms associated with menstruation such as: cold and painful limbs; blood clots; irregular menstruation; dull lower abdominal pain and coldness; and pain and coldness in the lower back region. Ba Ji Tian also stimulates blood circulation around the uterus and can assist with implantation rates. As mentioned above, this herb strengthens muscles and tendons and therefore can treat aches and pains during pregnancy. Traditional Chinese Herbalists also use Ba Ji Tian to treat low libido in men.
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