Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a very important part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. The herbal tradition of China is valued scientifically, as well as being a popular tradition. Scientists working in China, Japan and other countries during the past four decades have demonstrated that the herb materials contain active components that can explain many of their claimed actions. Modern pharmaceutical drugs have been developed from the herbs, such as treatments for asthma and hay fever from Chinese ephedra, hepatitis remedies from schizandra fruits and licorice roots, and a number of anticancer agents from trees and shrubs. Several popular formulations produced in China, called "patent medicines," are relied upon daily by millions of Chinese (in China and abroad), such as the Bupleurum Sedative Pills and Women's Precious Pills that invigorate the energy, nourish the blood, calm tension, and regulate menstruation, and Yin Chiao Jie Du Pian, which is a reliable treatment for the early stages of common cold, sore throat, and influenza and Yin Xiao San is the most popular and well known chinese formula used for stress and premenstrual disorders.
More then three hundred commonly used chinese herbs today have a history of use of over 2,000 years.
It is a very long and complicated process to learn how to make individual TCM diagnosis for each patient and then find an appropriate herbal formula according to chinese diagnosis. Usually one herbal formula contains around 10 to 20 single herbs combined together. Some of the common herbs that are used in Chinese Herbal Medicine are ginseng, licorice, astragalus, ginger and cinnamon. Very often, I give capsules to my patients in my clinic, so it will be easy to swallow and easy to take regularly. I only use superior quality herbal companies that are made in USA and not in China. Some of the companies that I feel very confident in are Evergreen herbs and Bluepoppy.
Chinese Herbs need to be taken regularly, three times a day. They won't work if you take them one time or don't take them on a regular basis.