For building reserve energy, better hydration, sexual energy & eye health
Dendrobium is a very important and wonderful tonic herb. Dendrobium stems and pods help replenish Yin Essence (Yin Jing) and generate fluids.
Dendrobium is primarily used in China to replenish fluids. It is commonly used in Chinese herbalism as a Yin tonic which moistens the Stomach and Lungs and respiratory tissues. It may be used by healthy individuals to maintain and support healthy fluid balance in the body.
However, the truly great value of Dendrobium lies elsewhere. Taoist sages, who were the masters of longevity (and much more), have routinely used Dendrobium as a daily tonic for many centuries. Dendrobium (which is the stem and leaf of a number of varieties of Dendrobium orchid that are now cultivated for use as a tonic herb) is a Jing tonic herb. Dendrobium is especially useful in quickly and effectively replenishing spent adaptive energy.
Dendrobium has been traditionally used to replace spent Yin Jing of the Kidney. The Kidney is considered to be the whole bodys reservoir of Yin Jing, so replenishing the Yin of the Kidney replenishes the whole body.
In replenishing and increasing Jing, Dendrobium increases the generative force. Dendrobium is especially famous for relieving temporary fatigue that may result from sexual activity. For those who maintain a balanced sex life, Dendrobium is said to help build superb sexual vigor. Dendrobium, being a Kidney Yin tonic, increases the sexual fluids in men and women.
The Taoists say that Dendrobium fills the Kidney meridian up with new vitality. It nourishes the Yin of the Kidney and nourishes the saliva, which the Taoists call the “Precious Fluid.” It is a superb herb for athletes for the purpose of maintaining fluids during exercise or sports.
Ron Teeguarden's Taoist Master Sung Jin Park, was a great proponent of Dendrobium for anyone who lives an active life and who desires to remain youthful and beautiful. A great benefit of Dendrobium lies in its beauty-promoting quality. Dendrobium helps keep the skin moist and constant use helps generate beautiful skin. When combined in a persons program with other skin nourishing and cleansing herbs like Goji and White Peony, a persons skin will become smooth, radiant, supple and clear. - Ron Teeguarden
One of the challenges with hydration is the more dehydrated you get, the more you dont want water. You drink it and it just goes straight through and doesnt help you. Dendrobium is an excellent herb for helping you take in water at a cellular level, making you feel so much better.
For this reason, dendrobium is quite often used as a sports drink. In China it is often taken in the water along with electrolytes to replenish athletes during a marathon, for example.
Dendrobium is great in combination with ho she wu and/or schizandra. Its awesome as a deep level replenisher. If you feel drained or exhausted or fatigued, I cant recommend it highly enough.
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Dendrobium
In addition to their beauty, dendrobium orchids have been tested and proven to be an effective herbal treatment for a number of health problems. In fact, the Chinese consider dendrobium as one of the fifty fundamental herbs used to treat all kinds of ailments.
Among its many uses, the Chinese use dendrobium tonic for longevity. It is believed that dendrobium when mixed with licorice roots and made into a tea transmits healing energy to all parts of the body.
Dendrobium helps moisten and nourish the skin and prevents dryness and flaky skin.
When air pollution and smoke dry out the lungs and air passages and increase thirst, dendrobium can be consumed for quick relief and to moisten the passageways.
Dendrobium is used as an effective tonic for the treatment of tuberculosis, flatulence, night sweats, anorexia, fever, and dyspepsia.
Dendrobium tonic improves the functioning of the lungs, kidneys, and stomach. It can reduce stomach pain and cramping and reduce vomiting.
It is believed that regular consumption of dendrobium can also treat sexual impotency.
Pain in the feet and hands, lumbago, and arthralgia can be treated with dendrobium extract.
Dendrobium can boost the immune system and help the body fight infections.
Dendrobium has long since been used to replenish lost fluids from the body and reduce severe thirst.
Natives of the Eastern Himalayas use dendrobium to heal problems with the eyes.