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Biminne

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Background

  • Biminne is a Chinese herbal formula that consists of 11 different ingredients. Some of the active ingredients include extracts of Scutellaria baicalensis (Baikal or Chinese skullcap), Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo), Epimedium sagittatum (yin yang huo or horny goat weed), Schizandra chinensis (wu wei tzu or schizandra), pulp of Prunus Mume (Japanese apricot), Ledebouriella divaricata (Fang feng),and Astragalus membranaceus (astragalus).
  • Biminne has been used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis such as sneezing, runny/itchy/blocked nose, and itchy eyes. Biminne capsules are typically taken whenever allergic symptoms occur during the treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis. Biminne capsules are typically taken a few weeks before autumn or spring for seasonal allergic rhinitis to reduce seasonal attack of hay fever.
  • Astragalus: Astragalus products are derived from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus or related species, which are native to China. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, astragalus is commonly found in mixtures with other herbs, and is used in the treatment of numerous ailments, including diseases of the heart, liver, kidney, and TCM organ systems. In Western medicine, astragalus is thought to possess properties to ward off cancer, viral infections, and immune system disorders. Western herbalists began using astragalus in the 1800s as an ingredient in various tonics. The use of astragalus became popular in the 1980s based on theories about anti-cancer properties, although these proposed effects have not been clearly demonstrated in reliable human studies.
  • Chinese skullcap: This herb is native to China and Russia. The root is said to possess medicinal properties, and is used in various Asian formulas to treat impaired brain function, headaches, epilepsy, hepatitis, infections, and cancer. Baicalin, one chemical found in Baikal scullcap, is known to be anti-inflammatory. Animal studies have shown that Chinese skullcap may be effective against diabetes and high blood pressure.
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References

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