Chinese Herbal Medicine

What is Chinese herbal medicine?​

Chinese herbal medicine focuses on restoring balance to the body and treat the underlying pattern of disharmony that is giving rise to a particular symptom, condition, or disease.

More than 3,000 herbs, minerals, and animal products are used to create both classic herbal formulas as well as custom herbal formulas. Some herbal formulas contain just a few ingredients.  Others contain many different ingredients. Herbal formulas can be prepared in the form of teas, powders, pills, tinctures, or syrups.

Chinese herbal medicine has three main functions:

  • It treats acute diseases and conditions, such as killing bacteria or a virus.
  • It helps heal chronic illnesses, such as gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disorder, allergies, immune system deficiency, etc., by strengthening the body.
  • It helps maintain optimal health by keeping the all systems of the body working properly.

What are the side effects of herbal medicine?

In general, herbs can treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Compared to pharmaceutical medicine, Chinese herbal medicine is more gentle and safe because it is made of natural products. Most Chinese herbs do not cause side effects. For those that do, side effects can easily be counteracted with other herbs.

In addition, Chinese herbal medicine can also be used to reduce the side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs. For example, it is well known that many chemotherapy drugs can have harsh or even intolerable side-effects and that they weaken the immune system during the process of killing cancer cells. Herbal medicine can address the disharmony causing the side effects and can recondition the body so that one can withstand the full course of chemotherapy.

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Chinese herbal remedies are usually made up of a variety of herbs, minerals, and animal extracts. Typically, there are one or two herbs in a formula that have the greatesat effect on the problem being treated. Other ingredients in the formula treat minor aspects of the problem, direct the formula to specific parts of the body, and help the other herbs work more efficiently. For over 3,000 years the Chinese have been using herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions.

Herbs typically include:

  • roots
  • bark
  • flowers
  • seeds

  • fruits
  • leaves
  • branches
  • minerals
  • animal products