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Herb of the Month: Bai He (Lily Bulb)

Bai He, or lily bulb, is celebrated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for its remarkable ability to clear heat, nourish yin, and calm the spirit. While it can be used individually, Bai He is more frequently found as part of a herbal formula, reflecting the Chinese system's preference for combining herbs to enhance their efficacy. However, it is also commonly employed in food therapy and can be consumed as a single herb tea. During the summer months, when rising heat can lead to irritability, insomnia, and dry throat, Bai He is particularly beneficial. Additionally, it is renowned for its capacity to "calm the spirit," making it a valuable component in formulas aimed at alleviating depression and low mood. Consider incorporating Bai He into your routine this summer, or consult your herbalist to see if it might be a useful addition to your herbal regimen.

Dr. Kim Drolet, DACM, LAc

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