Often added to most TCM formulas as it is know as a "harmonizer" to synergize and balance formulas. A powerful adrenal tonic for adrenal insufficiency, fatigue, and stress. Its demulcent properties make is great for reducing dryness, inflammation, and irritation of the mucous membranes of the lungs and gut. Soothes gastrointestinal inflammation and irritation due to reflux, ulcers, gastritis, and IBD. Can be useful for those with low or weak immune systems or those with autoimmune disorders. Used topically and internally for shingles/herpes. Slightly phytoestrogenic and can be useful for hormone imbalances or for symptoms of menopause.