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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Remedies

Updated: Saturday, May 22,2010, 9:24:01 PM
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Chinese herbal medicine is the major component in the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbal medicine consist of a huge collection of plants and other materials such as insects or minerals that have different effects on our body. When knowledgeably used, herbal medicine can have dramatic healing effects.

How Herbal Medicine works
The practice of Chinese herbal medicine is an art, for the combination of herbs into just the right formula takes a significant amount of skill and knowledge. A formula may contain up to 10-15 herbs. Each formula consists of a chief herb, a few herbs to assist, and a courier herb to take the medicine to the site of the "lesion". Each herb in the formula has a different role, working synergistically with the others to bring about the therapeutic effect.

For example, the "chief herb" is the most important ingredient and holds the therapeutic focus of the entire formula. The deputy assists the chief in its duties by supplementing the focused approach or by treating secondary conditions. The assistant may foster the synergistic workings of the formula or assist in the prevention of possible toxic side effects, while the envoy may direct the formula to a specific body area or harmonize the actions of the other ingredients.

Chinese herbal medicine is traditionally used for internal organ imbalances. It is often used as a complement to acupuncture, and the two are often used in the same treatment. Each system affects Qi of the body in specific ways. In many instances, herbal remedies are used to supplement the body's Qi, and acupuncture is used to manipulate Qi, focusing it where it is needed.

Chinese herbs are safe and effective
As early as 3000BCE, the Chinese Pharmacopoeia begun to be documented and continued to expand until over 3500 herbs were well researched and recorded. Chinese herbs are safe and effective. Most of them are made from plants. They are whole food, naturally made and with minimum Side Effects.
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Chinese Medicine practitioners treat the patient, not the disease, and the herbal medicine has to be customized to suit the needs of an individual. Herbs can be natural or cultured, nowadays cultured mostly. As there are over 2,000 different kinds of herbs of which about 400 are commonly used.

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