Appalachian Herb Growers Consortium

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.


Ban Lan Gen - Isatis Indigotica

SKU: AHGC105
Unit Size: 1lb

Drains heat, resolves fire toxicity, cools the blood, benefits the throat - Bensky*

 
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Bo He - Mentha Haplocalyx

SKU: AHGC110
Unit Size: 1lb

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.

 
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Catnip - Nepetia Cataria

SKU: AHGC115
Unit Size: 1lb

Catnip has been used in European folk medicine for generations as a calming agent for body and mind.

 
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Dan Shen - Salvia Miltiorrhiza

SKU: AHGC117
Unit Size: 1lb

Invigorates the blood, tonifies the blood, calms irritability due to blood heat.*

 
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Han Lian Cao (Mo Han Lian) - Eclipta Prostrata

SKU: AHGC160
Unit Size: 1lb

Nourishes the yin of the Liver and Kidneys, cools heat, stops bleeding, blackens the hair.* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.

 
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Holy Basil, Tulsi, Kapoor (Ocimum Sanctum)

SKU: AHGC162
Unit Size: 1lb

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.

 
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Jie Geng - Platycodon Grandiflorus

SKU: AHGC135
Unit Size: 1lb

Causes the qi and the actions of other herbs to rise, soothes the throat, releases the exterior, transforms phlegm, expels pus.* - Bensky

 
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Jing Jie - Schizonepeta Tenuifolia

SKU: AHGC140
Unit Size: 1lb

Binds the lower burner in order to secure the essence.* - Bensky

 
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Ku Gua - Momordica Charantia

SKU: AHGC141
Unit Size: 1lb

Clears Summerheat, improves eyesight and Removes toxicity

 
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Mu Xiang (Tu) - Inula Helenium

SKU: AHGC161
Unit Size: 1lb

Promotes the movement of qi and stops pain, adjusts and regulates stagnant qi in the Intestines, strengthens the Spleen and prevents stagnation.

 
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Qing Hao - Artemisia Annua

SKU: AHGC180
Unit Size: 1lb

Clears all types of yin level heat with-out injuring the qi, blood, or yin.* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.

 
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Tulsi (Vana Bush) - Ocimum Gratissimum

SKU: AHGC163
Unit Size: 1lb

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. 

 
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Xu Duan - Dipacus Asperoides

SKU: AHGC179
Unit Size: 1lb

Tonifies the Kidneys and Liver, gently invigorates the blood, calms the fetus during pregnancy* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.

 
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Yi Mu Cao - Leonurus Heterophyllus

SKU: AHGC190
Unit Size: 1lb

Invigorates the blood, regulates menstruation, facilitates urination, resolves toxicity* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.

 
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Zhi Mu - Anemarrhena Asphodeloides

SKU: AHGC181
Unit Size: 1lb

Clears fire and nourishes the yin of the Lungs, Stomach, and Kidneys* - Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.

 
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