Chinese Herbs To Correct Deficiencies
The Chinese herbs to correct deficiencies play a fundamental role in Chinese medicine and its major function is to make the body stronger. In the terminology of Western medicine, the Chinese herbs to correct deficiencies could be called the class of herbs to enhance the body's immune function, but there is a basic difference between the Chinese and the Western approaches in this connection.
Western scientists believe that if something can enhance the body's immune function, it must be good for everybody, but it is maintained in Chinese medicine that the body can be strengthened only in accordance with the nature of its weaknesses. A person may be strong in certain respects and weak in others and it is essential to determine exactly what the weak aspects are of each individual before the Chinese herbs to correct deficiencies can be used effectively.
In Chinese medicine, when a person has a weakness, it is called a "deficiency." There are four types of deficiencies: energy deficiency, which means low energy; yang deficiency, which means weak kidneys in general and low sexual capacity in particular; blood deficiency, which means either shortage or poor quality of blood; and yin deficiency, which means shortage of body fluids.
The Chinese herbs to correct deficiencies are divided into four subclasses based on the four types of deficiency. The first subclass consists of herbs to treat energy deficiency and they are called energy tonics. Chinese ginseng, Chinese yam, licorice, membraneous milk vetch and red date belong to this subclass. The second subclass consists of herbs to treat yang deficiency, which are called yang tonics, and dodder, eucommia bark, longspur epimedium, morinda root, snake-bed seed, snow lotus and teasel belong to this subclass. The third subclass consists of herbs to treat blood deficiency, which are called blood tonics, and danggui, glutinous rehmannia and tuber of multiflower knotweed belong to it. And the fourth subclass consists of herbs to treat yin deficiency, which are called yin tonics; lily, matrimony vine, sealwort, sesame, tremella, wax tree and white peony belong to it.
Herbs for treating egergy deficiency are effective for shortness of breath, asthma, fatigue, low body weight, poor appetite, indigestion, diarrhea, abdominal swelling, puffiness, prolapse of the uterus and the anus and prolapse of the stomach. Herbs for treating yang deficiency are effective for lumbago, cold limbs, frequent urination, impotence, seminal emission, chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, infertility and blurred vision. Herbs for treating blood deficiency are effective for palpitations, forgetfulness, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, irregular menstruation, muscular twitching, opisthotonos, night sweats and diabetes. Herbs for treating yin deficiency are effective for a chronic cough, night sweats, seminal emission, hoarseness, constant thirst, a chronic sore throat, a dry cough, excessive perspiration, lumbago, blurred vision, ringing in the ears and diabetes.
According to a report published in 1983 by the Chinese Academy of Medical Science, this class of herbs can be effectively used in the treatment of chronic tracheitis, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, glomerulonephritis, hyperthyroidism, chronic atrophic gastritis, hepatitis B, rheumatoId arthritis, lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, pulseless disease, Behcet's disease, tumors, organic transplantation and aging, as well as in the prevention of the common cold.
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