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The Hwangchil tree’s scientific name is Dendropanax morbifera and is endemic to the the southern regions of Korea. In Greek, “Dendro” means tree and “panax” means panacea. The genus Dendropanax is a widespread group of flowering plants occurring mainly in wet tropical regions throughout the warm temperate areas of the world. Hwangchil is an adaptogenic herb and makes it an excellent tonic for your nervous system.
This evergreen grows to about 15 meters and has oval leaves which look like duck feet. Its flowers bloom from June through August and then change into a black fruit between the end of September and November.
The Hwangchil tree has an excellent golden colour. In Korean, hwang means golden colour and chil means to apply (as in a coating of its lacquer). The sap collected from Hwangchil trees growing in the wild is extracted into a lacquer and used as a varnish for wood and metalwork. Once collected, the sap forms a protective coat and the underlying material is preserved for thousands of years. Because of this, it is called a “legendary varnish.” Historically, it was a health food highly sought after by royal families.
As a medicinal plant, Hwangchil’s most noted quality is that it restores the immune system as it continuously eliminates toxic substances from the body and revitalizes basic capabilities. It also contains antioxidants and benzoin resin (Styrax Benzoin Dryander), which has soothing properties.
Liver Function Improvement
Relieves hangovers, alleviates fatigue, has multiple detoxification effects, and helps with lethargy and lack of motivation.
Prevention of Adult Diseases, Including High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
Hwangchil tree roots contain large quantities of saponin, which clears the blood and lowers cholesterol through improvement of blood quality and circulation.
Promotes growth of immune cells, helping strengthen early immunity and biological defenses against the causes of various diseases.
Decreases bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in the body. Cleanses the blood, promoting blood flow, healthy blood pressure, arterial and physiological functions. Also highly effective for prevention of cerebral infarction and stroke.
It exhibits antimicrobial activity against malaria, pathogenic bacteria, and bacteria involved in food spoilage. It’s effective for fighting bacteria, and for treating insomnia and constipation.
Suppression of Cancer Cell Proliferation
Experiments have shown that it suppresses proliferation of liver, lung, stomach, breast cancer and leukemia cells, reducing overall cancer risk.
Promotes anti-aging, skin-lightening, and wrinkle-preventing functions.
Hard Tissue (Bones and Teeth) Regeneration
Promotes the functions of bones and teeth, reducing risk of tooth decay, gum disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Helps children grow, and assists the elderly and others with weak bones, by contributing to the proliferation of osteoblasts (cells that create bone).
Promotes Brain Activity
Improves memory and concentration, and prevents dementia when taken by the elderly.
Benzoin resin has sedative effects, and is excellent for relieving depression, insomnia, and stress.
Hwangchil Ingredients and Effects
Treats epilepsy, neuropathy, insomnia, fainting, hysteria, migraine headache, depression.
Used for treating male hormonal problems and depression by stimulating central nervous system and endocrine system.
Appetite stimulant, also effective for treatment of vomiting, diarrhea, and morning sickness.
Major component of therapeutic agents for prostatic hyperplasia.
Used for digestive illnesses, and in tonics, diaphoretics, and sedatives.
Used for treatment of neuralgia, irregular menstruation, headache, hematuria, and for hemostasis.
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