Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest and most effective and alternative forms of medicine there is today. It has been practiced in China for over 3000 years, and still widely used throughout the world today. TCM has a much different approach to treating disorders, compared to that of western medicine. TCM looks at the whole body, while focusing on treating the root of the problem not just the branch.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal therapy is a component of TCM with the advantage of being able to treat diseases with natural ingredients and minimal side effects. Because Chinese herbs are like food, they slowly change your body condition to improve your overall health; therefore, the herbal treatment may need more time to change your situation but has a long standing effect.
Can it be used with other medications?
Chinese herbs can be used in conjunction with western medicines to treat diseases. Herbs can strengthen the effectiveness and reduce side effects of western medicine. In some cases, the use of Chinese herbs has a superior effect over western medicines, and can contribute to the overall health and quality of life in some illnesses that have been declared incurable.
Much like acupuncture, herbal prescriptions are customized to suit the individual’s needs, by adding or subtracting a herb, and/or modifying the dosage of a herb(s) in the original formula.
What can Chinese herbal medicine be used for?
Chinese herbal medicine is great at treating acute diseases and is able to kill bad bacteria and/or viruses like your common colds and flus. It can treat chronic illness and conditions like pain, allergies, low immune system, respiratory issues, infertility, impotence, weight loss, digestion disorders, diabetes, menopause, high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, depression, infections, insomnia and much more. Herbal formulas are much gentler and safer for our bodies because they are made of natural products, including bark, flowers, seeds, roots, leaves, minerals, fruits, and even the odd bug; by strengthening our body, helping it to recover and maintaining good health by keeping the body balanced! Individuals seeking an alternative approach to regain their health are turning to Chinese herbal medicine because it has a 5000 year track record of success.
Is it safe?
As mentioned above, most of the herbs have no side effects, and can be used in conjunction with western medical treatment plans. A TCM practitioner does not prescribe you a single herb for the treatment of a disease. Most herbal formulas consist of 8-15 different herbs with different doses. There are certain conditions that require extra caution when prescribing herbal formulas. For eg. there are certain herbs/formulas that a practitioner may avoid during pregnancy, because it would be considered to moving, however, there are a number of other herbal formulas that are completely safe to take during pregnancy.