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Gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis)

A Southeast Asian fruit found throughout the region from Southern China to Northeastern Australia, mostly Vietnam, with a short harvest season (December/January). It is Also called: Spiny Bitter Gourd, Cochinchin Gourd, Sweet Gourd, or Baby Jackfruit in English. It is of the family Cucurbitaceae, m   (more info - Gac fruit)
WARNING: Certain extracts of gac may inhibit trypsin/chymotrypsin (a serine protease that breaks down proteins). 16336125, 16733830

Ganoderma (Ganoderma lucidum)

Also known as: Ling Zhi, Reishi, Ling chih
The benefits of this particular fungus have been noted for centuries. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Ganoderma is used to increase circulation, and to promote long life. This bracket fungus has been shown to improve the immune system as well as hav   (more info - Ganoderma)

Garcinia (Garcinia)

Gardenia (Gardenia)

garlic (Allium sativum)

An aromatic bulbous herb originally from Asia that is now widely naturalized; bulb breaks up into separate strong-flavored cloves used as seasoning.
Also known as 'stinking rose'.

Garlic has a very strong smell, and an acrid, pungent taste. Each root is composed of several less   (more info - garlic)
WARNING: Insulin takers may need dosage adjustment due to hypoglycemia effects of garlic.

Gastrodia (Gastrodia)

Gentian (Gentian)

Gentian (Long Dan Cao) (Gentian (Long Dan Cao))

Gentian (Qin Jiao) (Gentian (Qin Jiao))

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita L)

A Eurasian plant with apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally; in some classification systems placed in genus Anthemis.

See also Roman Chamomile.

German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is an annual plant of the composite fami   (more info - German Chamomile)
WARNING: · Do not use tincture or essential oil version during pregnancy. · Chamomile may increase anticoagulant effects. · Allergies to ragweed may be echoed in this family member. · Ve...more

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Also called: Nagara, Shen-jiang (fresh ginger rhizome), Sunthi, Gan-jiang (dried ginger rhizome)
Parts used: Root, Rhizome, Volatile Oil

1. A plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies.
2. The hot and spicy rootstock of Zingiber officinale, which is much us   (more info - Ginger)
WARNING: Ginger is a blood thinner. Do not combine with aspirin or other prescribed blood thinners.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba)

Also known as: Bai Guo Ye, Fossil Tree, Maidenhair Tree,
Parts used: seeds, leaves.

An extract from the leaves of ginkgo biloba is used to invigorate and to improve circulation, and in particular, to improve blood flow to the brain. Extracts of Ginkgo leaves contain flavonoid    (more info - Ginkgo)
WARNING: Excess use may result in diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, chest discomfort, and/or loss of appetite. When eaten in large quantities or over a long period, especially by chil...more

Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

Clicking this link will return all the various plants called "Ginseng" in the database. To see only Panax ginseng, visit Chinese Ginseng.   (more info - Ginseng)

Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis)

1. A tall bushy European perennial grown for its masses of light-textured pinnate foliage and slender spikes of blue flowers; sometimes used medicinally;
2. "Goat's rue" is also used to describe a perennial subshrub of eastern North America (Tephrosia virginiana, wild sweet pea) having downy    (more info - Goat's Rue)

Gold Thread (Gold Thread)

Golden Bough (Golden Bough)

Goldenrod (Goldenrod)

Goldenseal (Goldenseal)

Gotu Kola (Gotu Kola)

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

1. A citrus tree bearing large round edible fruit having a thick yellow rind and juicy somewhat acid pulp;
2. The large yellow fruit with somewhat acid juicy pulp of the grapefruit tree; usual serving consists of a half.

Grapefruits are a hybrid of the pomelo (C. maxima; also c   (more info - Grapefruit)
WARNING: Grapefruit can have a number of interactions with drugs, often increasing the effective potency of compounds.

Grapes (Vitis)

1. Any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries;
2. Any of various juicy purple- or green-skinned fruit of the genus Vitis, which grow in clusters.

A well-known edible berry growing in pendent clusters or bunches on the grapevine. The berries ar   (more info - Grapes)

grapeseed (Vitis)

Grape seeds are the pits of any of various juicy purple- or green-skinned fruit of the genus Vitis, which grow in pendent clusters or bunches on grapevines.

Grape seeds have been much studied since the 1980s, for the potential biological properties of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC   (more info - grapeseed)
PET WARNING: The consumption of grapes and raisins presents a potential health threat to dogs. Their toxicity to dogs can cause the animal to develop acute renal failure (the sudden development of kidney failure) with anuria (a lack of urine production) and may be fatal.

Gray Atractylus (Gray Atractylus)

Green Brier (Green Brier)

Green Cardamon (Amomum villosum)

green tea (Camellia sinensis)

Leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis that have been steamed and dried without fermenting.

To remain "green tea", they must have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.

Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin. Green tea also conta   (more info - green tea)
WARNING: The tea plant is highly sensitive to (and readily absorbs) environmental pollutants.
  • Green tea can interfere with the body's ability to utilize the anti-cancer drug bortezomib through the pheno...more

Grindelia (Grindelia)

Ground Ivy (Ground Ivy)

Ground nuts (Arachis hypogaea)

1. A widely cultivated trailing leguminous American plant (Arachis hypogaea) grown in tropical and warm regions with showy yellow flowers on stalks that bend over to the soil so that seed pods ripen underground;
2. The underground pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; 'gr   (more info - Ground nuts)
WARNING: Peanut allergies are relatively common, and the outcome ranges from mild to severe allergic reactions to peanut exposure. Symptoms can range from watery eyes to anaphylactic shock, which can be fa...more

Guggalu (Guggalu)

Gymnema (Gymnema)

Gynostemma (Gynostemma)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Also see wild licorice for the North American variety.

1. A deep-rooted coarse-textured plant native to the Mediterranean region having blue flowers and pinnately compound leaves; widely cultivated in Europe for its long thick sweet roots.
2. A black candy flavored with the dri   (more info - Licorice)
WARNING: Excessive consumption of liquorice or liquorice candy is known to be toxic to the liver and cardiovascular system, and may produce hypertension and edema. In occasional cases blood pressure has inc...more

Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa)

The seeds of a kind of goosewort or goosefoot (Chenopodium Quinoa), used in Chile and Peru for making porridge or cakes; also, food thus made.

Quinoa is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely   (more info - Quinoa)
WARNING: The toxicity category rating of quinoa saponins treats them as mild eye and respiratory irritants and as a low gastrointestinal irritant.

Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea)

A fleshy-leaved herb (also called rosewort, arctic root, king's crown) -- so called because the roots have the odor of roses.

Rhodiola rosea is a member of the Crassulaceae family that grows in cold regions of the world including much of the Arctic, eastern North America (from Baffin    (more info - Roseroot)

Soybeans (Glycine max)

1. An erect bushy hairy annual herb having trifoliate leaves and purple to pink flowers; extensively cultivated for food and forage and soil improvement but especially for its nutritious oil-rich seeds (legumes); native to Asia;
3. The most highly proteinaceous vegetable crop known;
2.   (more info - Soybeans)
  • Allergy to soy is common, and the food is listed with other foods that commonly cause allergy, such as milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish.
  • A 2001 literature review suggested tha...more

Wild Licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wolfberry (Lycium barbarum)

Goji berries (also known as Chinese wolfberry, bocksdorn, or matrimony vine) have been an integral part of the Chinese medical tradition for almost 2,000 years. They are related to potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, deadly nightshade, chili peppers, and tobacco.

High in antioxidants, Goji   (more info - wolfberry)
WARNING: In vitro testing has shown Wolfberry tea to inhibit warfarin metabolism. Organochlorine pesticides are conventionally used in commercial wolfberry cultivation to mitigate destruction of the delicate ...more


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