What is Herbal Medicine?
Chinese Herbal Medicine has been practiced for thousands of years. Herbal medicine can be used to treat a wide range of issues including allergies, asthma, eczema, gynecologic issues, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue and pain, gastrointestinal issues, hepatitis, respiratory conditions, and others.
Herbal Medicine focuses on several ideals that encompass whole body health:
- Balancing the complementary forces of yin and yang which promotes health and prevents disease. Herbs contain useful compounds that act to increases energy and improves circulation without dehydration.
- Maintaining health by preserving and strengthening Chi, a vital energy that flows through the body. Restoring proper flow and quantity of energy is a very important facet of herbs as well as acupuncture.
Many of today’s medications are based on the active ingredients found in herbs. Interestingly, many Americans are unaware they consume herbs daily. Examples are asparagus, sesame seeds, ginger, spearmint, and cinnamon. Air, food, and water are essential for life. Use of herbs makes the body process these better by improving respiration, digestion, and water metabolism.
Herbs work best when used in combinations and may come in the forms of pills, powders, and liquid extract. It is important to note that herbs may be contraindicated with use of some prescription medications. However, herbs can also be used to mitigate side effects of certain medication.