Chinese Herbal Medicine
Several Thousand Years Ago
Chinese herbalists developed a very complex and highly effective system
for diagnosing and treating a very wide range of illnesses. Diagnosis is
made primarily by taking the patients pulse and by observing the tongue
These enable the practitioner to determine the state of a patient's chi
and to decide which formulas need to be prescribed.
We get excellent results in treating wide a range of acute illnesses. This is especially true for treating colds and flus, particularly when the herbs are taken right at the beginning of the illness. Herbs are also effective for treating other common acute conditions such as poison oak and sprains.
Herbal formulas are equally effective in treating chronic illness. There are many different ways the formulas are used. Sometimes they will prescribe formula to build and tonify the vital energy or chi, while at other times they may used be to disperse the chi. The combination of Chinese herbs with acupuncture is very powerful.
Herbs have played a central role in Chinese medicine for many thousands of years. Some formulas that are in use today were first recorded over two thousand years ago, so one can confidently say they have stood the test of time! The long period of time that these formulas have been used was first brought home to me when one of my teachers, a Chinese herbalist, described two formulas saying the new formula was one thousand years old, while the old one was two thousand years old!
Almost all the herbal formulas we use are manufactured by American companies. These companies use the highest quality herbs, and list all the ingredients on the bottle.
Herbs can be effective in treating a wide range of illnesses such as:
- Coughs and Colds
- Hay Fever
- High Blood Pressure
- Joint Pain
- Knee Pain
- Neck Pain
- Poisin Oak
- Poor Circulation
- Yeast Infections
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