[Diabetes] Commonly used herbs in TCM remedies 【消渴症(糖尿病)】中医处方里常见的中药

In the classic texts of TCM, diabetes is known as a medical condition called “消渴” (Xiao Ke), which shows signs of increased hunger, increased thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, weakness etc. It is a long-term energy-depleting medical condition that leads to physical weakness of the body.

翻阅中医古书籍, “糖尿病” 这个名词不存在。不过,这不意味中医对糖尿病没有认识。中医以 “消渴” 这一病名指多食、多饮、多尿、尿甜、体瘦、虚弱等为主要特征的一种身体长期消耗而导致虚弱的疾病,近似现代医学的糖尿病。

Commonly used TCM herbs to alleviate the symptoms of diabetes or to stabilise blood glucose levels include:

用于改善糖尿病和稳定血糖的常见中药包括:

  1. 人参 (Ren Shen) Ginseng
  2. 淮山 (Huai Shan) Chinese Yam
  3. 黄芪 (Huang Qi) Astragalus Root
  4. 枸杞 (Gou Qi) Chinese Wolfberry
  5. 桑椹 (Sang Shen) Mulberry
  6. 熟地黄 (Shu Di Huang) Processed Rehmannia Root
  7. 肉桂 (Rou Gui) Dried Cinnamon Bark
  8. 黄连 (Huang Lian) Coptis Rhizome 
  9. 石膏 (Shi Gao) CaSO4·2(H2O) / Gypsum Fibrosum 
  10. 知母 (Zhi Mu) Anemarrhena
  11. 葛根 (Ge Gen) Kudzu Root
  12. 麦冬 (Mai Dong) Dwarf Lilyturf Tuber
  13. 北沙参 (Bei Sha Shen) Coastal Glehnia Root
  14. 茯苓 (Fu Ling) Poria
  15. 冬虫夏草 (Dong Chong Xia Cao) Cordyceps

The dosage of herbs to be used varies according to individuals and can change over the course of treatment. Herbs that are used in a remedy should complement one another to suit the condition of the patient and it is important to consult your TCM doctor regarding the safe way to ingest the herbs. Usually, TCM herbs/medication should be taken with (warm) plain water. Avoid substituting plain water with tea, coffee or juice to prevent change in the medical effects of the herbs/medication.

中药的使用用量因人、因时而异,并且必须根据适当的中药搭配以及向您的医生询问正确的服药方式以发挥最佳的药效。一般上,内服中药时应以(温)开水送服,切勿以茶、咖啡、果汁等饮料代替以避免影响药性。

In separate posts, I will share with you the basic medicinal properties of the above mentioned herbs, common misconceptions of them as well as simple recipes that you can try out at home!

在接下的博客文章,我将与大家分享上述中药的药性与特点、误解以及简单易懂的食谱!

 

♡ 

Mabel @ singaporetcmblog

缤缤 @ 新加坡中医学部落格

 

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