Appalachian Herb Growers Consortium
Traditional Chinese Herbs
Ecologically Grown in Southwest Virginia
The Appalachian Herb Growers Consortium (AHGC) was established in 2014 and is comprised of 50+ farmers in the SW Virginia region with a hub at the Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine (BRCCM). At BRCCM we coordinate the efforts of our farmers by planning annual plantings, cultivating seeds into seedlings for our growers, and processing the harvested herbs in our centralized processing center.
Chinese herbal medicine is different from other forms of herbal medicine in that its effectiveness depends on the formula-herbal combinations-not individual herbs. This means that in order to produce in the quantities needed while maintaining the quality of the herb, production is accomplished by groups of small farmers who work together to grow many different kinds of herbs, and to present them to the A&OM practitioner market in a coordinated manner. Further, the groups must ensure that the herbs are grown from correctly sourced seed and starts, sited in appropriate ecological niches on farms, harvested and processed using traditional methods. Our farmers vary in scope from small family farms to small professional produces, with small being the operative word. With the AHGC coordinating, we strive to meet professional A&OM practitioner needs with a local ecologically grown product.
In early 2015, we received a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (VATICRC) to further our project and bring it to the next level. In 2016, the AHGC was awarded with a second grant from the VATICRC. These grants will ensure the success of our project and help farmers in the area diversify their crops and have an alternate source of income.
Drains heat, resolves fire toxicity, cools the blood, benefits the throat - Bensky*
Facilitates the dispersal of upper burner wind-heat, cools and clears the eyes and head, soothes the throat, facilitates the flow of Liver qi and expels turbid filth.* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
Catnip has been used in European folk medicine for generations as a calming agent for body and mind.
Purges clumped heat in the Intestines, cools the blood, removes blood stasis; in its charred from, can stop bleeding* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
Invigorates the blood, tonifies the blood, calms irritability due to blood heat.*
Cools and transforms phlegm-heat, moistens the Intestines, directs turbid phlegm downward.
Nourishes the yin of the Liver and Kidneys, cools heat, stops bleeding, blackens the hair.* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
Cools heat, dries dampness, stops bleeding, quiets the fetus in pregnancy.* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
Causes the qi and the actions of other herbs to rise, soothes the throat, releases the exterior, transforms phlegm, expels pus.* - Bensky
Binds the lower burner in order to secure the essence.* - Bensky
Clears Summerheat, improves eyesight and Removes toxicity
Promotes the movement of qi and stops pain, adjusts and regulates stagnant qi in the Intestines, strengthens the Spleen and prevents stagnation.
Clears all types of yin level heat with-out injuring the qi, blood, or yin.* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
Also known as Clove Basil, Bush Basil, Tree Basil and African Basil. Vana Tulsi is a tropical perennial, grown as an annual here in the mountains of SW Virginia. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, Ocimum gratissimum is native to India and East Africa.
Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) is an herb native to India, where it is known as tulsi. It is sacred in the Hindu religious tradition and is regarded as one of the most important plants used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Tonifies the Kidneys and Liver, gently invigorates the blood, calms the fetus during pregnancy* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
Invigorates the blood, regulates menstruation, facilitates urination, resolves toxicity* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.