Chinese herbal medicine is the use of special naturally occuring plants and substances in combination to correct constitutional imblances and resolve the myraid of diseases occuring in the human condition. It is a medical tradition that has been practiced in China for over 2000 years. In relatively recent years, this remarkably virtuous medicine has emerged from the middle kingdom (China) to spread to the four corners of the world, including North America. Every day, more and more people are discovering Chinese herbal medicine and recieving the major health benefits it has to offer.
A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) will prescribe herbal recommendations according to your unique constitutional needs. The Nei Jing, an ancient foundational text of Chinese medicine, states “one disease, many treatments. One treatment, many diseases.” This underlines the reality that two people with the same western medical diagnosis may have completely different Chinese medical diagnoses and corresponding herbal formulas.
Herbs are usually prescribed in formulas that contain, on average, between 4 to 20 ingredients. These ingredients may be dried roots, leaves, branches, bark, flowers, fruits, minerals, or animal byproducts. The formula, a group of specially combined substances, will be distributed to a patient in bags, to be boiled and drank as a decoction. Sometimes the doctor will recommend a formula in the patent-pill form, to be swallowed with warm water. Other forms of administration include tinctures, powders, and plasters.
What can herbal medicine do for you? The real question is what can’t it do. Virtually any ailment documented in human history has been treated with Chinese Herbs with varying degrees of success over the centuries and millenia. In combination with other TCM modalities such as acupuncture, your treatment will be more comprehensive, yield greater results and better prognosis.