The Stress Relieving Qualities of the San Qi Flower

San Qi is said to promote blood circulation by removing blood stasis to reduce swelling and minimize or completely eliminate pain. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)
San Qi is said to promote blood circulation by removing blood stasis to reduce swelling and minimize or completely eliminate pain. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Because modern life is so fast-paced, it is not uncommon that our bodies and nervous systems are left to cope with the excess stress. Oftentimes, the prolonged exposure to high levels of stress leads to high blood pressure and other stress-related ailments.

There are a few solutions to remedy the problem of stress. You could reflect on habits that might fuel stress or lead to the cycle of events that continually cause stress. You may consider just taking a break for a while, focusing on other, more relaxing pursuits. You could also take a more aromatic approach to wellness and include it in your daily life.

A headache, the common cold, a sprained ankle, and even food poisoning, can be treated by traditional Chinese medicine. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Because modern life is so fast-paced, it is not uncommon that our bodies and nervous systems are left to cope with the excess stress. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

How many of us grab a coffee on our way to work and follow up on the first cup with a couple more cups throughout the day? Instead, try slipping in just 2-3 cups of herbal tea — but which tea should you drink? To make this article more comprehensive and more detailed, we’ll only review one herbal plant consumed as a tea; the Panax notoginseng, also known as San Qi (Sanchi) flower.

San Qi is said to promote blood circulation by removing blood stasis to reduce swelling and minimize or completely eliminate pain. This makes it a major traumatological herb. It can be used alone for oral administration in teas or applied externally. It can also be used in combination with blood-circulation-promoting and qi-activating herbs.

In China, the flower buds of the Panax notoginseng plant are used for tea. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

In China, the flower buds of the Panax notoginseng plant are used for tea. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

San Qi flowers are crispy and brittle, with a sweet and bitter taste. They detoxify, lowering blood pressure,  regulating the immune function, promoting blood circulation, and reducing inflammation. The flower can also boost immunity by promoting the increase of phagocytic cells in the body. It is therefore suggested that a long-term and consistent use of the San Qi flower can improve immunity against certain diseases.

The flower, when brewed as a tea, has quite a pleasant fragrance, with a balance of bitter, sweet, and a slight spiciness. It also mixes well with other teas, such as ripe Pu-erh, raw Pu-erh, and black tea, but drinking it by itself is preferred if one seeks to benefit most from its pleasant aroma and medicinal effects.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources – and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

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