Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Chinese Medicine

OK....so this was the Chinese medicine that my babysitter recommended I give boyboy for his prolonged (actually more like revived) cough!

It is called Po Yin Tan and she told me that she got it for RM3. I actually talked to several 'aunties' about this and they have heard about it and 'swear' by its goodness!

So, I did my research on the ingredients...coz for the life of me if I google search Po Yin Tan or Poh Ying Tan etc. etc. I can't find anything beneficial written about it!

Ingredients include:

1) Rhizoma Gastrodia Elata

Gastrodia is a preparation made from the rhizome or tuber of an orchid, Gastrodia elata. It is a member of the Orchidaceae family. Gastrodia elata is a native of the Far East; its natural areas of distribution include Tibet, western China, Korea, and Japan.

2) Radix Siler Divaricatum

When I google image searched this, the picture that initially came up was "Hor Yan Ho" ! This herb can also be found in this herbal tea which as adults we commonly drunk when we have sorethroats!

But this is how the plant looks like actually !

Edible parts of this plant are the leaves. They can be easten raw or cooked. The leaves contain 1.7% protein, 0.3% fat, 4.7% carbohydrate and 1.3% ash.
Medicinal Use : Antipyretic, antiseptic, diaphoretic, carminative and antitoxin[147, 176, 178]. It is used in the treatment of influenza, headaches, chills, rheumatoid numbness, joint pains and tetanus[147].

3) Herba Mentha Arvensis is commonly known as Chinese Mint.

It is a valuable antiseptic and has effective asthma medication

4) Margarita Hyriopsis - it is actually a Pearl!

Margarita is the Latin name. Hyriopsis marks the origin it is taken from – Hyriopsis cumingii (lea), Unionidae.

Usage :
1.Tranquilizing the mind and arresting convulsion. Pearl is used in the treatment of epilepsy, palpitation due to fright, acute febrile infantile convulsion, etc. Some people take the mixture of pearl powder and honey to treat restlessness and panic.
2.Improving acuity of vision and removing nebula.It is applied in the treatment of conjunctivitis, pterygium, nebula and astringent pain in the eyes. It may be taken orally, however it is usually used as eye drops in combination with other medicines.
3.Removing toxic substances and promoting granulation. Pearl is prescribed to treat unhealing ulcers.

5) Ecdysis Cryptotympana Pustulata

Cryptotympana Pustulata/Cicada is an animal-derived substance. It is extracted from or prepared by grinding the empty shell shed every seven years by the cicada.

I google searched Ecdysis seperately and found that it is "the molting of the cuticula in arthropods and related groups".

Funny how the scientific term came up - the joining of a verb and a noun!

The medicinal uses of cicada include treatment of fever and associated seizures; skin rashes; and such eye disorders as conjunctivitis, cataracts, and blurred vision. Due to its antipyretic effect, cicada-containing preparations are often used to treat high fevers, such as those associated with the common cold or influenza. Western news media reported in April 2003 that the Chinese were using combinations of cicada and silkworm droppings to treat the fever associated with SARS. In addition to reducing fever, cicada is also used in TCM to treat other symptoms of colds and flu, including laryngitis, headache, restless sleep, or nightmares.

6) Caulis Uncaria Rhynchophylla

Caulis is known as any herbaceous or woody stem which bears leaves, and may bear flowers.

The medicinal property lies in "Uncaria rhynchophylla", commonly known as Cat's Claw herb.

It is used around the world for conditions including immune disorders, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, rheumatic disorders, neuralgias and chronic inflammation of all kinds.

7) Rhizome Arisaema Ambiguum - Synonym is Arisaema heterophyllum.

Common names are Jack In The Pulpit, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Maizuru-Tennan-Sho, Yi Ye Tian Nan Xing, Yi ye tian nan xing

Usage : Effective treatment for tetanus, spasms, epilepsy and neuralgia. Frequently used as a sedative and expectorant. Also an anticancer agent.

8) Crystarus Phyllostachys Reticulata – also known as Phyllostachys bambusoides (bamboo-lah!)

The young shoots contain about 2.1% protein, 0.3% fat, 3.2% carbohydrate, 0.9% ash[179].

Medicinal : Antipyretic

9) Crystalus Amber

Amber is fossilized pine resin from the extinct Pinus succinifera. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Amber is considered to be sedative, emmenogogue, diuretic, and lithotriptic.It is also used for insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, childhood convulsions, epilepsy, hysterical convulsions, frequent dreams and forgetfulness. Said to promote urination and used for uterine tract infections and uterine stones. Considered useful to aid in blood circulation and to promote menses as well as relieve menstrual cramps, bring on overdue menses and for abdominal tumors. It is also used in cases of coronary heart disease and considered good for disturbed emotions caused by stress.

10) Bombyx Mori L. (Chinese name ‘Jiang Can’) is the dried larvae of silkworm which have died due to infection by the fungus beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill.

Actions : The herb is used as an anticonvulsive and spasmolytic agent, to reduce phlegm and to resolve masses. It has anticonvulsive, sedative and hypnotic properties. It is an antibacterial agent and has been used in the treatement of epilepsy, acute upper respiratory infections, epidemic parotiditis and diabetus mellitus. Some reports indicate that the herb may have some anticancer effects.


Julie said...

I heard of its goodness for general well being. Eu Yan Sang is selling 6 tubes at RM28.80. I bought one pack but have yet to offer to my boy. If you look at the prescription, it says for children 1 year old and above. I did ask the chinese medical practitioner and he said can be consumed by infant. The prescription is written in such a way because of MOH regulation.

My mom advised not to consume too much for infants. Take it only when required and in very small dossage (pour a little on your finger tip and rub on his tongue and gums) instead of quater or half portion as recommended.

HI said...

Practices are different in US, of course. I asked my pedi why Olivia seemed to get a cold each month.

He said children can get up to 10 colds a year and for kids in daycare, even more often, due to the exposure to more germs.

It takes 7-10 days for a cold to clear and when the next cycle start, it would seemed like your baby is always sick.

Better asked your pedi before giving to an infant because I'm sure these medicine are made for adults.

Ann said...

Julie - yeah...my bbsitter only gave it to him coz his cough has been on and off for about 1 month now. He seems better though after taking it....

HI - yeah...I reckon US is very different. Even in Msia, the pead and doctors strictly do not recommend/commend on any chinese herbs....even to adults!

Kathie "Moomykin" Yeoh said...

Wow, what a lot of info! Thanks.

I'd have not have the daylight to do such intensive research on this, although I do believe in Chinese herbal medication to quite an extent. I just mostly consult my mum and mum-in-law and trust them on this.

randomness said...

very good info. i am not chinese so chinese medication is very foreign to me. the sen seh recommended po yin tan for my 16m old toddler (coughing/phlegm). we bought some but prior to giving him, i was busy trying to understand the ingredients. thank you very much for these helpful information!