1.1 What is a Chinese nutmeg yew?
The Chinese nutmeg yew (botanical name: Torreya grandis; Chinese Pinyin: Xiang Fei, Simplified Chinese: 香榧), is a species of conifer in genus Torreya in the Cephalotaxaceae or Taxaceae family. As a gymnosperm, Chinese nutmeg yew has no flowers or fruits, and has unenclosed or “naked” seeds. The plant can grow up to 25 metres (82 ft) tall. Endemic to eastern and south-eastern China, habitats of Chinese nutmeg yew include stream banks, open forest, mountainous regions and open valleys, usually found from between 200–1,400 metres (660–4,590 ft) in elevation. Characteristics of Chinese nutmeg yew include tolerance for shade, ability to withstand cultivation at high altitudes and favorable micronutrient contents.
Other simplified Chinese names for Chinese nutmeg yew include: 香榧子, 榧子, 赤果, 玉山果, 玉榧, 野极子, 中国榧.
1.2 How does Chinese nutmeg yew nuts taste?
Good Chinese nutmeg yew nuts have a crisp, nutty and dense texture with a flavor that is woodsy and tasty.
1.3 Where can I buy Chinese nutmeg yew nuts?
Chinese nutmeg yew is not a mainstream Chinese nut that are available in grocery stores in Chinatown, but it is abundantly and mainly produced in Zhejiang Province and often sold online, try to get it on Alibaba or Taobao.com.
1.4 How is Chinese nutmeg yew used in traditional Chinese medicine?
Chinese nutmeg yew seeds are considered to have sweet, neutral, astringent and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung, stomach and large intestine meridians. It is used as digestion aid, worms killing drug, lung moistening drug, expectorant, aperitive and spleen tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as hair loss, hematemesis and intestinal worms.
2. Uses, Health Benefits of Chinese Nutmeg Yew & Medical Formulas
2.1 Prevent Heart Disease
Chinese nutmeg yew seeds contain an essential trace element for human health, selenium. A deficiency of Selenuim may contribute to many health problems, including: dry skin, dandruff, the development of cataracts and fatigue (traceminerals.com 2017). Low selenium concentrations are believed to be linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, eating selenium-rich foods may help to lower the chance of getting coronary heart disease.
2.2 Build Strong Bones And Reduce Anxiety
Chinese nutmeg yew seeds contain a high level of calcium which is a key mineral that many of us overlook in our diets. Nearly all cell in the body use calcium in some way, including the nervous system, muscles, and heart. It is an essential building block for lifelong bone health in both men and women. Studies show that a low level of calcium in blood, which also known as hypocalcemia, may masquerade as anxiety or exacerbate symptoms in those who are already experiencing anxiety. Also low blood calcium can result in muscle cramping, lethargy, shaking, numb fingers and toes with tingling, and heart palpitations , all of these symptoms also associated with anxiety.
2.3 Remove Intestinal Worms
[CTM Formula] Fried Chinese nutmeg yew seeds is eaten to kill intestinal worms.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.
List of reference
traceminerals.com 2017 Alexander G. Schauss, PhD [online] link: https://traceminerals.com/selenium/