Chinese Herbology or Herbal Medicine is an extremely important and highly specialized component of Classical Chinese Medicine. Herbal medicine allows the individual to access healing on a daily basis while receiving periodic acupuncture treatments. It has a 2000-year history, augmented by present day scientific research. In Classical Chinese Medicine, it is imperative to treat the person, not the disease. Therefore, herbal formulas are individualized and four patients with the same symptom of headaches would very likely be prescribed four different herbal combinations, each directed to the specific source of the headache. Herbology uses natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases by stimulating the body’s innate healing ability. Chinese herbology is usually combined with acupuncture, nutrition and life-style changes to promote health.
In China, for over 3,000 years, unlike other parts of the world, herbalists have sought out special tonic herbs that can be taken daily for improvement of physical condition, enhancement of energy increase in resistance to disease, and prolongation of life. Although these herbs especially distinguish Chinese herbs from many others, it is the knowledge of application to the individual’s body condition that truly distinguishes Chinese herbology from “Western herbs”. Unlike Western herbs, Chinese herbs almost never are used individually. Rather, they are used in carefully prepared combinations. Therefore, unless you are a specialist in Chinese herbs, you may not be able to find the appropriate combination of individual ingredients.
Are There Any Side Effects From Taking Chinese Herbs?
Chemical (pharmaceuticals) drugs often have side effects because they affect the whole body in a particular way even when the intended use is to affect only a part of the body. With herbs, the intention is to affect the whole body. A single herb has some potential for causing side-effects because it may have a particular kind of action on the whole body that is not desired. However, an herbal formula carefully designed rarely has side effects because its influences on different parts of the body are balanced by the other herbs and thus each part of the body receives the desired type of effect.
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