Gastrodia

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Gastrodia
Gastrodia elata in bloom
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Monocots
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily:Epidendroideae
Tribe:Gastrodieae
Subtribe:Gastrodiinae
Genus:Gastrodia
R. Br.
Selected Species
Synonyms
  • Gamoplexis Falc.
 
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Gastrodia
Gastrodia elata in bloom
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Monocots
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily:Epidendroideae
Tribe:Gastrodieae
Subtribe:Gastrodiinae
Genus:Gastrodia
R. Br.
Selected Species
Synonyms
  • Gamoplexis Falc.

Gastrodia is a genus of achlorophyllous orchid with about 40 species. It is a traditional Chinese herb, Tian Ma (Chinese: 天麻), and is commonly used in China to treat hypertension, improve circulation and resolve headaches. It appears as an allergy herb in Allerphase and is largely responsible for the formula's ability to relieve brain fog- one of the main symptoms of allergies. Modern research suggests that gastrodia aids in improving memory by promoting blood flow to the brain and enhances the ability of other herbs to quickly reach inflamed brain tissues to reduce inflammation, control pain, and reduce mental confusion. Gastrodia root has been shown to exert novel pain relief and inflammatory-mediating activities, as well as in vivo and in vitro inhibitory activity on nitric oxide (NO) production." [2] [3]

The other traditional use for Gastrodia is to resolve neurasthenia – nervous exhaustion characterized by a sense of weakness or fatigue, easy exhaustion on the slightest effort, headache, sensitivity to light, inability to concentrate, irritability and complaints of poor memory, poor sleep, numerous constant, varying aches and pains. Along with depression, these are all common complaints for people with severe and chronic allergic reactions. Neurasthenia is thought to involve vasomotor disturbances that affect the nerves having control of the blood vessels. Gastrodia is one of the most commonly studied herbs in China for treating hypertension and for improving blood flow in the arteries of the brain.[4]

Species


References

  1. ^ " New plant and animal species found in Vietnam" CNN. September 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Jim English (2010). "Traditional Chinese Herbs for Arthritis" (in English). Nutrition Review 5 (2). http://www.nutritionreview.org/library/arthritissupport.php. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  3. ^ tian ma
  4. ^ Jim English (2010). "Natural Allergy Relief" (in English). Nutrition Review 4 (2). http://www.nutritionreview.org/library/allergy-immune.php. Retrieved 2012-1-3.