Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait) is one of the most cultivated fruits in the western upper regions of North America. Today bogs and terms like “superfruit” are associated with cranberry. But only within the past few decades has the phytochemical composition of cranberry been widely recognized and studied. Now it is known among the scientific community as a viable antioxidant and a treatment for urinary tract infections.
One of the most commonly used ingredients in Chinese herbal formulas is the fungus known as Poria cocos in Latin, and also called China root, Indian bread, and just poria. It is the primary herb in the “drain dampness” category.
Meadowsweet, aka Filipendula ulmaria, has a long history among those who doctor or assist in healing, including Mom’s through the ages. Part of the beauty this stately shrub brings to the stage is an ability to help the body detoxify and alkalize, soothe and tone, and perhaps most especially relieve pain.