Latin name: Glehnia littoralis
Chinese name: bei sha shen
Other names: American silvertop, beach silvertop
What is Glehnia Root?
Glehnia root is a plant native to Eastern Asia and Northwestern North America in the Alaska region. It is a member of the carrot family, and is sometimes used as a condiment that resembles tarragon and angelica.
What are the health benefits of Glehnia Root?
In traditional Chinese medicine, glehnia root is primarily known for being a remedy for cough and is used to clear phlegm from the lungs. The roots, which represent the primary medicinal features of the plant, are dug, boiled in water, and peeled off. They are soaked again and cut into pieces, becoming the basis for this plant’s medicinal process. Glehnia root is also used to relieve pain, treat fevers, induce perspiration, and is used in Korea for the treatment of migraine headaches. It is also used for its antibacterial properties and to promote the generation of body fluids.
Where can I find Glehnia Root?
Glehnia root can be found online, at Asian markets, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.
You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
Abundant Energy, which stimulates digestion, improving nutrient absorption and encouraging physical vitality.
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