Chinese Herbal Medicine

Experience the Benefits of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is a powerful and essential aspect of Chinese medicine.  Chinese herbal medicine is used effectively to treat a wide variety of ailments or to support conventional treatment and improve outcomes.  There are hundreds of standard formulas used to treat common medical complaints and conditions, some of which have been used by billions of people over hundreds of years.  For a perspective of current day practices, consider that in a large Chinese Medicine hospital they will use over 3 tons of herbs to treat thousands of patients per week [25].  They approach health and disease from an integrative and collaborative approach to medicine, utilizing the best of Western medical knowledge and technology and the best of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.

 

Clinical research into botanical medicines is expanding every day.  There is evidence for the use of herbal formulas for the treatment a wide variety of symptoms and disease patterns, including respiratory infections such as common cold/influenza [12, 3], menstrual pain [4, 5, 6],  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) [7], childhood asthma [8, 9], all manner of heart disease [9, 10, 11], cancer-treatment support [12 , 13, 14, 15, 16, 17], osteoporosis [1819], infertility [20, 13], fibroids, [22], impotence [14], Diabetes mellitus Type 2 [23],  and Alzheimer's disease [24, 28],  spinal chord injury [26], allergies [30], and anti-aging [27].
 

And excerpt from the recently published "Medicinal Plants - Recent Advances in Research and Development" evaluates the extent and potential of Chinese herbal medicine in today's world, saying:


"The knowledge base of Chines Herbal Medicine (CHM) is both vast and diverse. Chinese medicines are all derived from natural products, with roughly 90 % coming from plants. Approximately 5000 plant species with therapeutic value have been identified, many of them used as Min Chien Yao, or folk drugs. About 500 of them are commonly prescribed by doctors of Chinese medicine based on a series of systemic and self-contained theories (Chung Yao, Chinese Materia Medica). This systematic approach is necessary because most CHM-derived products involve multicomponent processed herbal formulations. Although CHM does not provide the same scale and scope of modern day clinical trials, they no doubt offer a vast knowledge base from which to gain valuable insights relevant to current chronic health issues. The combination of CHM and modern scientific practices has the potential to lead to both new clinical trial candidates and adjunct therapies for current Western medicine treatments (Lee et al. 2013).

 

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Chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. can be debilitating to patients and can drastically alter their quality of life. CHM has the potential to offer solutions to many of these modern chronic diseases. Some of the current areas of interest for scientists focusing on CHM-derived drug discovery are as follows: antioxidant and antiaging activity, blood pressure-lowering effects, hypolipidemic action, blood sugar-lowering effects, antiallergic functions, and antiarthritis properties." [29]

How and When Are Formulas Used In Treatment:

Chinese herbal medicine is a safe adjunct or alternative to pharmaceutical medications.  Some pharmaceutical medications have strong and undesired side effects or long-term consequences that lead to other diseases.  Chinese herbal medicine resolves symptoms and prevents them from returning without any dangerous side effects.  Additionally, pharmaceuticals affect life insurance policies, and herbal formulas do not, all the while potentially treating some of the same conditions or complaints.
 

Although it would be near impossible to provide even a basic introduction to the principles of Traditional Chinese herbal medicine within the confines of a single web page, there are a few ideas that can help the lay person better understand this medical system:

  • Chinese herbal medicine respects and supports the sensitivity of human physiology by treating with all organ systems and their inter-relatedness in mind.

  • The goal of herbal medicine is to gently shift the body’s physiology back to homeostasis without disrupting or sacrificing the long-term and underlying health of the patient.

  • The primary tools of diagnosis in herbal medicine are the tongue and pulse.  These provide data with regards to the state of the inner organs, the quality of the blood and fluids in the body, and the relative health of the patient.

At Abundant Heaven Traditional Chinese Medicine, here in Campbell, California, we only buy the best quality herbs from trusted companies.  The herbs that we give to our patients have been third party tested for purity. There are no heavy metals, fillers or other contaminants in our herbs and herbal supplements.  Most of our herbal formulas are from Evergreen Herbs in Southern California.  Feel free to contact us to discuss Chinese herbal treatment and whether it is appropriate for you or your family.

Illustration of Chinese herbs by Peggy Milovina-Meyer
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