The use of herbal formulas is a primary treatment method within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the world's oldest, continually practiced professional medicine. Although acupuncture was the first Chinese method of treatment to gain wide acceptance in the West, Chinese herbalism is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular and effective alternative therapies in the West.
Are all the herbs plant-based?
Chinese herbal medicine may include plants, animal, and mineral ingredients. However, most formulas are purely derived from minerals and/or plants, commonly containing leaves, flowers, twigs, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes, or bark.
How are Chinese herbal formulas taken?
The most common method of taking Chinese herbal formulas is by drinking a liquid prepared by boiling the selected herbs. Increasingly, however, practitioners are moving toward the use of granular herbal extracts, composed of the water-soluble portions of the herbs reduced to a fine, dry powder, that is then dissolved in water. There are also herbal pills, tinctures and powdered extracts for those who do not have the time or taste for drinking the more traditional liquid form.
What are Chinese herbal formulas good for & benefits?
Chinese herbal formulas have been used to assist with the full range of human disease. They are used to treat acute diseases, like intestinal flu and the common cold, as well as chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, autoimmune diseases, chronic viral diseases, and degenerative diseases due to aging. Chinese herbalism is especially good for promoting the body's ability to heal and recover from illness.
Do Chinese herbal formulas have side effects?
Most of the components of Chinese herbal formulas have a very low toxicity compared to even common, over-the-counter Western drugs. When they are prescribed according to a correct TCM pattern diagnosis, they should have few, if any, side effects.
Can pregnant women take Chinese herbs?
A professional TCM practitioner can write prescriptions that are appropriate for pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Can children take Chinese herbs?
Yes. Pediatrics is a specialty within TCM and children can be given reduced dosages. There are also specially-prepared pediatric formulas in pill and powder form. Chinese herbal formulas can be used for colic, the fussiness of teething, earache, diarrhea, cough and fever in babies and children.
How long does it take to see results with Chinese herbal formulas? In acute conditions, results may occur in a matter of minutes. In chronic conditions, some results should be seen within two weeks. Although chronic conditions may require taking Chinese herbal formulas for a long time, signs that the herbs are working should be apparent to the patient and practitioner alike almost from the very start.
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