Ashitaba: Longevity Herb

Ashitaba is an herb also known as Longevity herb.

It is an herb for many medical issues. According to the oldest written record of Ashitaba, it appears more than 2,000 years ago. Longevity Herb or Ashitaba belongs to the 1% category consider to be medicinal plants.  Ashitaba originated in Hachijo Island.

As a present a long time ago, Ashitaba known as the longevity herb is describe as “celery-like vegetable”. A Chinese book written by Dr. Lee (1518 – 1593) first describes the medicinal value of Ashitaba during the Ming Dynasty.¬†Ashitaba is use to purify blood and circulation, cleanse the colon, relieve muscle, joint, and nerve discomfort and enhance lung function.

Ashitaba herb describes as “Tomorrow Leaf”. Why it is describe as Tomorrow Leaf? It is describe as Tomorrow Leaf because due to its ability to grow very fast, exhibiting a strong energetic life force or Qi. Ashitaba has a very long history of use to purify the blood. People also using this herb to detoxify the liver and cleanse the colon. During the Shogun era, in Izu Islands, this plant thrives despite of the environments.

This herb is a major contributor to the healthier, extended lives of the local residents. How can this herb contibute to healthier, extended lives? AIn folk medicine, they are claiming it to be diuretic, tonic, to improve digestion, to speed wound healing and prevent infection. Its nutritive qualities also is the factor behind the internal exiles and their families’ never waning stamina in the face of their arduous compulsory labor.

For similar reasons, it very serves as pasture for cattle, reckoned to improve the quality of milk, as well as the yield and to maintain cattle health.