Almond (ba dan xing ren) September 11 2014

Almond is strictly speaking a food (xing ren, with a similar name, is apricot seed and is an herb).

Chinese Medicine properties: moistening, harmonizing, tonifying

SCIENCE

Almonds contain significant amounts of flavanoids, and vitamin E which are known to increase blood vessel strength.

HISTORY
As there is often an indistinct line between foods and medicinals in Chinese medicine it is still considered to have great therapeutic value in tonifying the essence (deep reserves) of the body as well as adding hydration and balance to the skin.