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Bu Gu Zhi
And Its Amazing Tonic and Healing Power! Bu Gu Zhi (botanical
name Psoralea corylifolia) is an annual plant in the "Pea family" It
is known as the "Scruffy Pea". This amazing little plant has so many uses
it is almost hard to believe!
Please note: The descriptions below are from the Traditional Chinese and or "Folk Medicine" use of herbs provided for information and not intended to replace advice from a medical doctor or to replace any drugs that are FDA approved
Its use as a sexual and urinary tonic:
The tiny seeds (with pods) of the plant are used in Chinese medicine as a kidney yang tonic to improve general vitality and treat conditions such as urinary complaints and impotence. Bu Gu Zhi has a tonic effect on the uterus, causing a contraction of the muscles. It is also quite an effective aphrodisiac and is found in many famous Chinese formulas for libido ( for men and women) including our very own "Blissful Jing". It is proven to be a very big help with incomplete erections without any dangerous side effects at all. Many consider it even more effective as a sexual stimulant than Yin Yang Hou (Horny Goat Weed). It combines well with this herb but when combined it should be used with a yin tonic such as Go Qi Zhi (Wolfberries). This prevents the drying and over-heating yang energy from causing headaches.
Its use for alopecia (hair loss) and skin problems:
The seeds have also been used with very good success to treat alopecia (hair loss). The seed can encourage the production of new skin pigment and it is of value in the treatment of various skin disorders, including vitiligo and psoriasis. Both internal and external use causes the skin to produce new pigment, especially after exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light. When applied externally, it can cause some temporary photosensitivity.
Its use in disorders of the lungs:
It also has antibacterial properties and has been shown to inhibit the growth of the tuberculosis-causing bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is extremely good for the lungs bringing up breathing function and is quite useful in asthma especially when there is wheezing. It combines well with Schizandrae for this.
Its use in osteoporosis and other bone disorders:
In Chinese Bu Gu Zhi means "tonify bone resin". Because Bu Gu Zhi promotes bone calcification it is useful in helping with osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
Sold in powerful 5:1 extract capsules and in our strong liquid tincture extract:
The capsules are great for all internal use (2-3 caps twice daily) and the tincture can be used both internally and externally (Great to rub on thin hair spots and just about any skin problems) It does taste a bit strange though - Not really bad just strange!
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Other known uses in China:
Though we at Plant Cures can not and do not make any claims, this herb is sometimes used in China to inhibit the multiplication of osteosarcoma (bone cancer cells) and lung cancer cells. In a Chinese study, extracts of the seed have shown antitumour activity. Another study in China showed It can significantly inhibit the in-vivo growth of mammary cancer and may induce differentiation in cervical squamous epithelium Hela cells. The study also showed it has a relatively strong lethal effect on leukemia white cells. Again we make no claims and do not promote the use of this herb for this in any way! We invite you to do your own internet search. This information is shared on this site for information purposes only.