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Pine Pollen


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Chinese Pine Pollen comes from the Pinus Massoniana Lamb Pine, a rare species of pine found in China. Claimed properties are:

~Androgenic (stimulates anabolic endocrine activity)
~Nutritive/Tonic (Western/Asian herbalism terms for herbal adaptogens, meaning it has no toxicity over long term use)
~Aphrodisiac (promotes a healthy and high libido)
~Lung tonic (boosts the immune system and beautifies the skin which are both controlled by the Lung organ system in Asian medicine)
~Kidney tonic (very rejuvenative to the brain, hair, bones and endocrine system which are controlled by the Kidney organ system in Asian medicine)
~Liver tonic (stimulates liver regeneration and regulates bile secretion which are controlled by the Liver organ system in Asian medicine)
~Heart tonic (increases cardiovascular endurance, raises blood levels of Superoxide Dismutase and lowers cholesterol)
~Spleen tonic (Nourishes the muscles and increases metabolism which are both governed by the Spleen organ system in Asian medicine)

Has anyone had any experience in using it?


#2

For a thorough exploration of pine pollen I would suggest the following text: Pine Pollen: Ancient Medicine for a New Millennium<img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/..." width="1"/>. In Chinese it is Song Hua Fen and has a wide variety of internal and external uses. In recent years it has been "re-discovered" into one of a multitude of super food type groups by natural health advocates. Generally from a TCM perspective there are good formulas available that are better tested than this individual substance (some contain it) that can deal with the range of conditions that it is thought to aid. There are a few studies done, largely animal studies at this point, that have, however, showed some significant possibilities with regards to slowing mental and physical decline. In particular, Effect of pine pollen on kidney mitochondria DNA deletion mutation in senile mice and Antiaging effect of pine pollen in human diploid fibroblasts and in a mouse model induced by D-galactose.


From a TCM and human perspective, however, one must always remember that yang energy is not handled by the body in an infinite way (i.e. more is rarely better, contrary to our cultural training). It is often more important to regulate the overuse and strain of our bodies from improper thinking, diet, etc. rather than overusing tonic herbs to compensate for this. From a pure perspective incorrect use of tonic substances can often be more devastating than doing nothing.


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