Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese herbal medicine could also be called botanical medicine or phytomedicine because of the use of the plant’s seeds, berries, leaves, blossoms, bark and even roots for medicinal purposes. Whole herbs contain many ingredients, and this can produce a strong beneficial effect.
The use of Chinese herbs as medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM also includes acupuncture, massage, and nutritional or dietary advice along with exercise and meditation practices.
The basic principles of TCM are quite different from traditional Western ideas about health, illnesses and even how the body works. Chinese herbs are suggested to bring the body’s energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) back into balance.
Qi runs through the body in channels that are now believed to be formed in the soft tissues known as fascia. Studies have shown Chinese herbal medicines are successful in treating a large range of disorders from gynecological to digestive and gastrointestinal.
Herb Quality is Extremely Important
Many factors determine how effective an herb will be. For example, the type of environment (climate, bugs, and soil quality) in which a plant grew will affect it, as will how and when it was harvested and processed.
Practitioners often use herbs together because the combination is more effective.
Your Safety is Vital
I take many factors into account when recommending herbs, including the species and variety of the plant, the plant's habitat, how it was stored and processed, and whether or not there are contaminants (including heavy metals and pesticides). There are some plants that are just not safe and I will not use them.