Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine has a famous legend – Shen Nong (the god of husbandry), tasted thousands of herbs, poisoning himself 70 times a day, so that people know all kinds of plants and animal substances.

Over a long period of time, the Chinese medicine was developed to treat all kinds of illnesses. Chinese "herbs" include not just plants, but also minerals and parts of animals. They are divided into the four energy categories : cold, cool, hot and warm. They have five flavours: sour/astringent, sweet, bitter, salty, and pungent/acrid.



How to take Chinese herbal medicine?

After the Chinese herbal medicine are put together in a formula, they must be prepared for consumption.

There are three common ways of taking a formula:




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The Three Rules for Taking a Formula

There are 3 rules regarding taking a herbal formula that you should know.

Which Herbs to Used ?

Acne

Addiction to Nicotine or Alcohol

Cataracts

Cough

Female Infertility

Hair Loss

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

High Cholesterol

Impotence

Low Sex Desire

Male Infertility

menstrual problems

Psoriasis

The Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine

In Chinese medicine, applications of Chinese herbs in clinical practice are based upon the nature and capabilities of herbs and they in turn are based upon



The Characteristics of Chinese Herbs

The Chinese herbs are classified according to the principles of Chinese medicine: in other words, by their functions.

There are lists of herbs to tonify qi, for example, move blood, calm the liver; herbs to clear heat, eliminate dampness, and so on. These categories are then broken down further into herbs that work on specific symptoms.

There are a total of 20 major classifications within Chinese herbalism today, each of which represents a number of important actions.

1. Class of herbs to induce perspiration

2. Class of herbs to reduce excessive heat inside the body

3. Class of herbs to counteract Rheumatism

4. Class of herbs to reduce cold sensations inside the body

5. Class of herbs to reduce the dampness in the body

6. Class of herbs for lubricating dry symptoms

7. Class of herbs to induce vomiting

8. Class of herbs to induce bowel movements

9. Class of herbs to promote digestion

10. Class of herbs to suppress cough and reduce sputum

11. Class of herbs to regulate energy

12. Class of herbs to regulate blood

13. Class of herbs to regain consciousness

14. Class of herbs to reduce anxiety

15. Class of herbs to stop involuntary movements

16. Class of herbs to correct deficiencies

17. Class of herbs to constrict and obstruct movements

18. Class of herbs to expel or destroy parasites

19. Class of herbs for ulcers and tumors

20. Class of herbs for external applications



Useful Link:

List of Chinese Herbs



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