WHAT IS CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE?
Chinese Herbal Medicine has been practiced for thousands of years in Asia. Traditionally a folk medicine, it has proven itself to be extremely effective in the treatment of a spectrum of acute and chronic diseases, from mild to severe. What is most impressive about Chinese Herbal Medicine its ability to treat disease without the sometimes debilitating side-effects of modern pharmaceuticals. Since the 1970s, international research has demonstrated the effectiveness of many Chinese herbs, and many modern pharmaceuticals use components and philosophies of use from these natural yet potent subtsances.
How do Chinese herbs work?
Medicinal herbs work synergistically with the human body to restore balance from within. Some herbs tonify physiological systems and organs, such as Ginseng (Ren Shen), while others clear toxicity and heat, such as Dandelion (Pu Gong Yin); some herbs move blood, such as Red Peony (Chi Shao), while others help the patient to relax his/her nervous system by smoothing the flow of Qi and Blood, such as Bupleurum (Chai Hu).
Please be aware that it takes a qualified and licensed practitioner to properly diagnose a patient, and prescribe the appropriate herbal medicine. Improper diagnosis and ingestion of these herbs can have adverse effects. For this reason, self-diagnosis with Chinese herbs is not advised, even if some of these herbs and formulas are now offered in pharmacies and grocery stores throughout the US.