Astragalus membranaceus (milkvetch) is 1 of the 10 most important plants in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Astragalus is rich in many valuable phytochemicals including astragaloside IV, which can only be found in the astragalus root and which is the subject of many current scientific studies.
Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is a herb belonging to the mint family and is mainly found in China and Siberia. The most commonly used part of the plant is its root, which contains a high concentration of secondary phytochemicals as well as essential oils, tannins and vitamins.
This plant is known by many names, of which the nickname "immortality herb" is relatively common and directly derived from the Chinese 仙草 (Xian Cao). Other names include southern ginseng or five-leaf ginseng.
Echinacea is rich in essential oils, chicoric acid, polysaccharides and vitamin C. Due to its beneficial properties, echinacea has achieved global popularity and was the subject of a number of renowned national and international monographs such as those by the German Commission E, ESCOP, WHO and HMPC.
The small, reddish berries of the schisandra plant have been used traditionally in East Asia for over 2,000 years for their strengthening properties. The berries contain vitamin C and E as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. They also contain numerous polyphenols and the lignans unique to the plant such as Schisandrin B.
Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is one of the ten most important natural remedies in China and one of the most researched plants of all. The root contains numerous bioactives, of which over 400 have been identified so far, including over 20 triterpene saponins and over 300 flavonoids.