Chinese Herbal Medicine
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese Herbal medicine is a major component of traditional oriental medicine, a comprehensive health care system used for over 2,500 years in China and throughout the world today. Herbs have a balancing or regulating effect on the body. When disease occurs, specific herbs are chosen to re-balance the energy and allow the body to heal itself. Herbal medicine consists of 5,767 substances derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources. Most herbalists, however, work with 200-300 herbs.
What conditions can herbs treat?
Herbal medicine treats the whole person, not just the symptoms or complaints, thus helping the body heal itself. It has a long clinical history of treating acute and chronic conditions. Herbal medicine excels in treating conditions that Western medicine has difficulty in treating as well as conditions that do not have a Western medical diagnosis. Chinese herbal medicine may be used to treat infants, elderly patients and pregnant women under the direction of the practitioner.
Are the Chinese herbs safe?
One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese Herbal Medicine is the low risk of adverse reaction or side effects. Herbal medicine uses all the constituents of the plant, including the cellulose. The herb is completely balanced, and therefore has minimal side effects. The most common problem is minor gastrointestinal upset, gas and bloating due to slight difficulty digesting the herb material. If this or any other problem occurs, discuss it with your Chinese practitioner so the practitioner may modify the herbal formula. This being said, Chinese herbs are medicinal in nature and you must follow explicit instructions from the practitioner to take them to avoid undesired effects.