Herbal Uses of Japanese Dodder Seeds

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Japanese dodder seeds have a variety of uses, such as an aphrodisiac. Prepare dodder seeds for your own uses using guidance from a licensed physician and herbalist in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Bob Linde, I'm an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist. Today, I'm going to talk to you about herbal uses for the Japanese Dodder seed. It's also known in Chinese medicine as Tu-Si-Zi. So, this particular herb is actually been recognized by the FDA, is actually having some problem, and the USDA. So, they don't actually allow you to utilize this herb, outside of the Chinese pharmacy, anymore. Because of it's invasive qualities. If these seeds get lost, lose out into the wild. They actually can take over a particular forest, and really smother out the local plants. So, it's important that if you do get this particular herb and utilize it, that you keep it either in a container, such as a teabag, so that it doesn't actually get out into the wild, or that it actually comes pre-processed, so that it's not a whole seed. But, you can still find in some of the Chinese pharmacies, and in a teabag, or even in a loose form, if it's fairly old. So, in order to prepare this particular herb, we can really just take the teabag and add it to a cup of tea. And let it steep for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you're actually working on a formula, this can be added in with other herbs. It's frequently used to nourish the kidney. In some Western circles, we actually use the Dodder seed as kind of an aphrodisiac. Since it does seem to boost up the libido, just a bit. So, go ahead and get your cup of hot water, and your teabag full of Dodder seeds. And we'll go ahead and drop it into a cup of tea, and let it steep for about 10 to 15 minutes. So, please enjoy your Dodder seeds.

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