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Grow Chinese medicinal herbs at home

LOCALS interested in planting traditional Chinese medicine herbs can get the seeds and professional help delivered to their door.

Researchers from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine are recruiting households to grow herbs to promote traditional medicinal herbs' effect on health.

Experts have listed 20 herbs that are easy to grow in the local climate. They include wild chrysanthemums, mints, wolfberries and other herbs that can be eaten or used for tea.

The plants can also improve the indoor environment, said Qian Hai, an associate professor of the university and organizer of the event.

"Wild chrysanthemums, a local plant, can be eaten as a vegetable in summer to help reduce body heat," Qian said. "It blossoms in autumn and can decorate the house."

The experts will recommend appropriate plants for different families based on their needs and their health, according to Qian.

The researchers from the university initially plan to visit 20 families in Zhangjiang Town in Pudong New Area next month.

A month later volunteer students will return to check the plants.

Every month another 20 families from a different neighborhood will be selected.

The herb seeds cost 5 yuan (US$0.73) to 100 yuan and the consulting fees will depend on the service, according to the university.

For more information or to sign up you can e-mail in Chinese or English.


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