Chinese Herbal medicine is getting more press in the past few years. Despite the many warnings as to its use, this type of medicine has been used in China for thousands of years, literally. Because of Chinese Herbal medicine’s limited mainstream use in the U.S., a somewhat mysterious aura surrounds it, but actually, herbal medicine is much less mysterious than you may think.
How many times have you cooked with Ginger? Ginger, both fresh and dried, is an ‘herb’ used in Chinese Herbal medicine. How many times have you drunk mint tea, eaten walnuts, Goji berries, or cut up a spring onion to add to a salad, or sautéed in a stir-fry? These things are all ‘herbs’ used in Chinese Herbal medicine. There are many ‘herbs’ like Orange peel, Fennel, Clove, Cinnamon, Licorice, and Rose, along with different seaweeds, mushrooms, dates, nuts, berries, shells and stones commonly used in Chinese Herbal medicine. So, we have all been using herbs more than we’ve realized.
In Chinese Herbal medicine, we combine these herbs, and other types of substances to heal, and rejuvenate. Considered differently than Western Herbal medicine, which will use only one herb at a time, Chinese Herbal medicine may use up to 14 different herbs together in a formula. These formulas, many developed thousands of years ago, up to the present day, have a few main herbs, then others to help alter, and enhance their actions, or offset any toxicities.
We use this medicine to augment Acupuncture treatments, and help speed your rate of progress. Acupuncture helps balance the Qi in your body, while herbs work to supplement what your body may be lacking. If you consider your body like a river, Acupuncture changes the flow, while herbs make the water run clear, instead of muddy.