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Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Yu Jin (Curcuma Longa, L)


Yu Jin (Curcuma longa L.) is also known as Curcuma root, Curcuma kwangsiensis or Curcuma zedoaria. It is a perennial plant that grows in rhizomes. This plant is native to South Asia where it thrives in the humid rainforests that have considerable amounts of annual rainfall.

The root of the Yu Jin is dried and used in many medicinal practices in ancient Chinese medicine. When dried, the Yu Jin looks oblong in shape, slightly curved with a pale brown appearance. It has a slightly aromatic smell with a bitter taste.

Yu Jin can be dried or grounded into a fine powder and can be mixed with different herbal remedies to cure various illnesses. Yu Jun is specifically used to promote the flow of qi or energy in the body. It eliminates toxins in the blood, has a calming effect on the nerves and also facilitates proper bile flow.

History and Origin

Yu Jin is used in many Chinese remedies; since Chinese healing involves a holistic approach to wellness, they take into consideration the flow of positive energy in the body. Yu Jin is a well known ingredient in ancient Chinese medicine for fever, hypertension and hyper activeness.

Ancient Uses

Yu Jin is used in ancient times to promote the flow of qi in the body. Qi is positive energy flow that brings wellness, vigor, virility and a positive attitude. Ancient Chinese healers have based their healings on the presence of qi and how it moves in the body. The tuberous roots of the Yu Jin are used during autumn and winter when it is fresh and ripe.

Modern Uses

The use of Yu Jin in modern times reflects its use in the past. It is still used to promote blood flow and eliminates toxins in the body. It is also a treatment to calm nervousness and stimulate a sense of well being. Yu Jin can also benefit women who are suffering from painful menstruation, abdominal pain and many other menstrual problems. It can also control fever that has an unknown origin, jaundice related to liver disorder and many other excretory problems. It can also stop bleeding as well.

To take advantage of the medicinal properties of Yu Jin, you must have a dosage of 6 to 12 g of this amazing herbal remedy, either freshly prepared or in a dried format. It is better to consult a Chinese medicine practitioner or herbalist to get the best out of Yu Jin, as well as use it for your specific illness.

Side Effects

Since the Yu Jin has a direct effect in blood flow, people who are taking heart medications and blood clotting medications must be cautioned in the correct dose and side effects of this herbal remedy. Yu Jin supplements must not be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is also not intended to be used for children since dosage of Yu Jin has not been determined.

The use of Yu Jin should not be combined with cloves or known as Dingxiang in Chinese medicine. If you want to use Yu Jin for your specific illness, it is wise to first consult with your doctor regarding any adverse reactions with your current medications.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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