Originally published September 24 2008
Tien Qi: 3 Reasons Why It May Be the Most Important Herb for Healing Wounds
by Christopher Gussa
(NaturalNews) Chinese Tien Qi root (Panax Pseudo-Ginseng) in a raw fine powdered form is carried by most Asian soldiers as standard military issue. It is carried in a small bottle for pouring into an open wound or for taking internally if necessary.
The reason this is standard issue is its amazing ability to "re-direct" the blood from an open wound and even helps push or "float" metal objects to the surface. It can literally help stop bleeding without necessarily clotting. However, it can aid in clotting if it is necessary. It's almost as if it has a mind of its own. The Chinese say it "disciplines the blood"; also when taken internally, it can really speed up the healing time of wounds, broken bones, or most any tissue damage.
Tien Qi powder is taken internally for many reasons such as healing from an operation, wounds, internal bleeding and broken bones. This is 100% applicable to female problems of severe menstrual bleeding. Tien Qi is used commonly by Chinese women for this. It is very effective.
About ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the powder dissolved in hot water or tea is taken 2-3 times a day for internal use. I have always noticed a nice warm energy coming from the stomach area and found that when I take it, I am very alert and more focused than usual. Most likely due to the "discipline of the blood" around the brain area.
Tien Qi (Main herb) is also used in a very famous Chinese liniment called Zhang Gu Shui to facilitate healing of broken bones and sprains due to its ability to disperse blood from an injury. It will stop bruises and other hematoma quickly by this dispersion. The exact formula is "kept secret" but everyone knows that it is Tien Qi in a menthol-camphor base. (The Menthol Camphor helps carry the herb deep into the tissue.)
I used to practice the marshal art (Kung Fu) and there was always a bottle of Zhang Gu Shui around at all tournaments in case someone was injured. I have heard countless stories of major Karate tournaments in China where someone's leg had been broken fighting so they wrapped the leg, putting cotton balls soaked in Zheng Gu Shui under the wrap and sent him back to fight! (and he won)
When I had my small herbal clinic, there were many doctors and nurses that would stop by and get a bottle of Zheng Gu Shui from me because they had seen how fast it speeded the healing of broken bones and sprains.
You will began to get a glimpse of this amazing herb's healing abilities after you read the following three examples, and I am sure you will understand why I am so impressed by it. The reason I say this is because oddly enough, these three following "case histories" had nothing to do with any of my patients but had everything to do with me and my own stupid misfortunes! And I swear to you! Nothing is made up here (I wish it was), I only hope I don't get the "privilege" of having any more reasons to "brag" about the amazing healing powers of this herb.
Shortly after I got my first practice together as a clinical herbalist (about 25 years ago), I made some very good friends out in China Town, San Francisco and established some very good Chinese bulk herb trading. Suddenly I had all the legendary herbs I had studied about over the last few years at my finger tips and not a moment too soon!
I didn't have many patients yet so I had some time to do a little upkeep around our little ranch. We have a chicken coop made out of that old style corrugated steel that a lot of roofs are made out of and I thought those poor chickens could use another window. After marking the window space, I started cutting it with a jig saw. Things were going fine until I heard that unmistakable sound of an Arizona Dust Devil right behind me! There were quite a bit of big metal shavings all over the freshly cut window ledge and the twister picked them up and fired them at me like a machine gun! I felt something go into my eye.
It didn't hurt that much and I figured it would wash itself out so I finished the window hole and went in to check my eye.
I got one of those magnifying mirrors and a magnifying glass to look at my eye and here was this little spike with about a quarter of an inch of it sticking out from the middle of my eye right in the cornea!
Tweezers were the first thing I tried but the metal in my eye must have become barbed from the cutting action of the saw because it would not pull out. It just kind of stretched my eye and man did it hurt! I thought about just yanking it out fast but I realized I might pull a large bit of my eye out with it and besides, I almost stabbed my eye with those tweezers the first time!
I tried to pull it out with a magnet since it was a piece of steel, but that hurt worse with no luck getting it out.
Suddenly I remembered all the stories I heard about raw Tien QI powder and how the Chinese used this for many kinds of injuries. Mostly it is used to direct the blood, stop bleeding without clotting, and yet speed up blood flow where it is needed. All this while helping stop pain. Almost, I thought, like it had a mind of its own.
I remembered hearing how it is issued to Asian soldiers for stopping bleeding from bullet wounds and that in many cases it somehow could pull or push or "float" the bullet to the surface due to the "directing" of blood from this herb.
I hadn't seen a "doc" in 10 years or more and I wasn't going to start my new practice off by going to one now!
I decided to use some raw Tien Qi powder and boil it in water until it became a nice warm "goo" then place it into my eye. I then covered my eye with a stick-on bandage and decided to go to bed and see what happens the next morning.
When I woke up the bandage had fallen off and I could not open my eye. It was cemented together by the Tien Qi that had dried like glue on the outside of my eye. It was as hard as a rock. I put some hot water on it and kept knocking off pieces of this "cement" until I could feel my eye start to open. Then I realized I had crunchy pieces of Tien Qi inside my eye. I washed them out with a cloth and got the old magnifying mirror out to have a look. To my amazement, The little spike in my eye was gone.
I looked at the rag with the crunchy stuff on it and there was a little metal spike with a definite barbed edge! It would have to have been surgically removed along with a small piece of my eye but the floating, moving, and directing action of the Tien Qi gently somehow "wiggled" the barbed steel out of there. My eye felt great and I was prouder than I could be of that Chinese Tien Qi root!
I wonder if I would still have all of my eye if I had gone to a doctor?
Only a few weeks later I was building some rustic Southwestern furniture in my shop (something I just always liked to do). I was ripping some old barn-wood boards on my table saw and apparently I had missed removing an old nail out of one of them. Suddenly, something hit me in the middle of the forehead and knocked me to my knees! I thought I had been shot. I became unconscious for a few minutes and when I got up there was a nifty stream of blood running down me. I came in the house and scared my wife to death!
We washed everything out and didn't see any piece of nail in my head but it just did not want to stop bleeding. I covered the hole with Tien Qi powder and the bleeding stopped almost immediately. I also drank a little Tien Qi tea as it is related to Ren Shen (Panax Ginseng). I thought this would help with the pain (I really had a headache, trust me!) and also I thought it would speed up the healing. After just a few minutes I only felt a tingling numbness in my head with very little pain.
The next day the wound had not clotted over but yet the bleeding had stopped and there was only a light pink bit of fluid around the wound. I thought I would wash it out and put some more Tien Qi on the hole. As I was washing it I heard something metallic hit the tile floor. I looked down and it was not a nail at all. It was a large saw-tooth from the saw blade that broke off from hitting the nail and had hit me like a speeding bullet! The saw blade had been turning at about 10,000 RPMs. My head healed without a scar in about 4 days.
I hate to think what a doctor would have done!
I don't know why but I guess I have always been a little accident prone.
Also, somebody said things happen a lot in threes! Well this next incident happened about a year later when I was again at the table saw. I was ripping some boards for more shelving for my herbal supplies this time.
It was getting a little dark and I had not turned the lights on in the shop yet but I only had one more shelf to make so I cut it. After the cut, I reached down to move a piece of debris from the saw table and since it was almost dark, I stuck my left thumb right into the spinning saw blade! It knocked me back against the wall and when I looked at my thumb, a large part of it was just hanging by a piece of skin.
I held my thumb back in place, walked into the house and once again I scared my wife to death. However, she was getting a little used to it.
I thought about how Tien Qi has a way of "directing" blood flow and figured that if I just put a lot of Tien Qi powder between my two thumb pieces and somehow "weld" or "cement" something around my thumb to hold it in place, it would grow back together. I knew that Comfrey root powder mixed with vodka was the perfect healing cement. I used to call this "Liquid Stitches" and had used it to heal and hold deep cuts together on patients. It would dry soon so I covered my thumb with it and made a kind of protective brace with two sticks and some tape and went to bed.
The next morning, it was leather hard around my thumb and it didn't hurt much at all. Later that day it dried much harder and since the comfrey cement was all the way around my thumb it started to cut my circulation off a bit so I peeled the Comfrey off slowly to change the "cement". I noticed that my thumb sections were already starting to "knit" together so I put more Tien Qi around the raw areas and cemented around it again with the "Liquid Stitches" Comfrey glue. I kept this up for about two weeks.
There is only a slight dent in my thumb now and it is just a little shorter than the other one since a little "meat" was taken out of the thumb from the saw. My thumbnail was never lost and I have good feeling in my thumb except for a tiny bit of tingling in spots when I touch it just right.
I wonder what an E.R. doctor would have done and if I would still have my whole thumb?
Well, anyway, to say the least I am quite sold on Tien Qi and can't help but wonder why it is not issued to our American troops. When you think of how this could apply to gunshot wounds and shrapnel and just about any traumatic injury, it is easy to see how it could be a real life saver to our troops just as it has been to Asian troops for many centuries.
About the author Christopher Gussa founded Plant Cures Inc. which handcrafts over 150 Serious Herbal Medicine Products for Specific Disorders all created through clinical application. Their products are for Serious Disease and also Powerful Tonic Health. Please visit Plant Cures at WWW.PLANTCURES.COM or call them at 1-800 979 2027
Christopher Gussa is a formulator of Natural Medicine. He is also a TCM practitioner and Certified Master / Clinical Herbalist for 30 years. He is certified in both Western Herbal Therapy and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
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