Chinese Herbal Medicine is a comprehensive medical system that can be used to both prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments. Depending on the condition, a Chinese medical practitioner will commonly use a combination of both herbal medicine and acupuncture in a treatment strategy.
Chinese Herbal Medicine In terms of the complexity of diagnosis and treatment, Chinese Herbal Medicine resembles the practice of Western Internal Medicine. Each prescription is a unique blend of herbs tailored to the individual patient. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness, adding additional ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient's particular condition.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is such an effective medical system, not only because it addresses the root causes of imbalance, but also because of its emphasis on treating each patient as an individual. With the exception of conditions that require surgery, herbs can be used to treat almost any condition. The healing benefits of herbs result from the synergistic interactions of all parts of the plant. The same herb can be used for many different disorders. Likewise, the same disorder in different people will often be treated using different herbs, depending on the practitioner's assessment of the individual.
Many herbs have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer properties and they can be used to treat pain, aid digestion, lower cholesterol, treat colds and flu, increase resistance to disease, enhance immune function, improve circulation, regulate the menstrual cycle, promote fertility, and increase energy.