Chinese Herbal Medicine In Modern Society

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine :

Though originating from China.  Chinese herbal medicine is  in common use throughout East Asia.

With each  country developing their own version as they utilize locally sourced herbs and adapt the  herbal remedies to their own cultural sensitivities.

The use of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions has been researched and documented for many centuries both in Asia and western countries where acceptance is growing.

Most  Chinese herbal medicine alternatives are of course  predicated on the use of herbs but some Chinese remedies are made with a combination of herbs and animal parts.

Herbs are used in various combinations tailored to treat individual patient symptoms.

Generally a qualified acupuncturist / herbalist will design  Chinese herbal remedies that utilizes at least  one or two main ingredients but it can be up to five ingredients that target your specific ailment.

One ingredient would be used to remove harmful toxins, while the other ingredients acts as a stimulant to provide necessary nutrients and minerals.

The aim of the  Chinese herbalist is to restore the  natural balance within your system, improving our immunity and resistance to illness.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicines – consist of :

  • herbal medicine
  • acupuncture
  • food therapy
  • massage
  • qi gong
  • tai chi
  • cupping
  • tui na
  • fengshui

Chinese Herbal Medicines v’s Western Medicine :

Traditional Chinese  medicine is used in a very different manner or philosophy than most Western medications.

While Western medications are based entirely on science resulting in pharmaceuticals designed to treat your symptoms.

Chinese herbal medicine in most cases are used to promote a healthier immune system.

The aim is  to prevent diseases from developing  in the first place, Chinese herbal medicine offers you a more Holistic preventive approach to  your health care.

Traditional Chinese  medicine promotes the use of several different natural ingredients often these are boiled together for several hours  to create an easily digested herbal tea.

Whereas Western medicines heavily rely on one specific ingredient to treat symptoms – even though these treatments are often effective the benefits can be over shadowed by side effects.

Chinese herbal medicine makes use of many different parts of the herb itself, such as roots, flowers, stems and leaves in various combinations – with very few if any side effects, though the benefits from natural remedies will take longer to take effect.

In China Traditional Medicine is often seamlessly combined with Western Medicines and both methods of treatment are often taught to Chinese  medical students.

At the end of their training Traditional Chinese doctors are qualified to prescribe pharmaceuticals and to carry out minor surgery.

This level of acceptance of both disciplines doesn’t extend to the training of Western doctors when they choose to study  Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as western medicine…

Chinese Herbal Medicine – Application:

Chinese herbal medicine can be produced in a number of ways.

Raw herbs can be crushed for use in powders and ointments, they can be boiled to be used a variety of  herbal teas or tinctures, and can be used as a salve or plaster to be applied directly to your skin for deep tissue pain relief or treatment of open wounds.

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is based on the belief that the human body needs to be in balance to remain fit and  healthy the balance is affected by opposing forces known as yin and yang, which simply put relates to the body’s internal temperature.

By employing various Chinese remedies including the  use of herbs, Chinese herbal medicine is able to maintain the body’s temperature balance and in turn our builds our resistance to disease.

Chinese Herbal Remedies :

Tastes of herbs are used in Traditional Chinese herbal medicine to identify their properties and uses.

The five different tastes :

  • salty
  • bitter
  • sour
  • sweet
  • pungent

all these tastes have a unique set of characteristics that can be used to revitalize the body’s energy levels.

- A bitter smelling herb can be used to increase bowel functions.

- Pungent herbs can be used to increase overall blood flow.

- Sweet tasting herbs can be used to better bring bodily functions into harmony.

Traditional Chinese Medicine :

More and more people are taking control of their own health care and turning to alternative remedies  like Chinese medicinal herbs as they have grown cynical and weary of Modern Medicine due in part to its almost total reliance on Pharmaceuticals.

Chinese Herbal Medicine as an Alternative ?

Chinese Herbal Medicine when used with common sense and care with the guidance of a supportive Family Doctor or Chinese Herbalist can be a very effective form of health care…

Where necessary you should combine the diagnosis techniques of modern medicine (x rays, blood tests… etc) with treatments alternative medicine (use Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat any illness when possible)

This combination of both disciplines – can ensure a high level of  natural  health care we should all strive for…

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