What is Chinese Herbal Therapy and How Can It Help You?
Traditionally different cultures around the world have used their own forms of herbal therapy to heal common ailments. Some of the longest-standing herbal therapy practices originate in China where herbal treatments have been used for thousands of years.
Over the past few years, the trend towards adopting herbal therapy treatments as a form of alternative medicine has increased with over 3 million Australians visiting Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners annually. In this article, we'll take a look at what is Chinese herbal therapy why it has been gaining traction around the world as a popular form of alternative medicine.
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What Is Chinese Herbal Therapy?
What Is Chinese Herbal Therapy?
Chinese herbal therapy is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes acupuncture, cupping, lifestyle advice, and more. Chinese herbal therapy uses plant-based, natural ingredients to treat the underlying causes of the patient's disease. Most of the herbal medicines used are made from different flowers, leaves, seeds, stems, and roots of plants.
Chinese herbal therapy is one of the most comprehensive and oldest forms of herbal therapy in the world with over 5,767 medicinal substances recorded in the materia medica (TCM medicinal substances book). The herbal information on traditional uses, dosages, and contraindications for each herb, as well as any available information on its drug interactions, and any conventional medical research is available in great detail.
How Can Chinese Herbal Therapy Help You?
The underlying principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine differ from Western notions about health, and illness. If you're looking to cure the root cause of your disease in a holistic and natural way, Chinese Herbal Therapy may be a form of alternative medicine that may be a good choice for you.
TCM practitioners believe that disease arises from imbalances in the body and Chinese herbs are prescribed to correct these imbalances over time. Each person's body constitution unique and the treatment modalities and prescription are altered to fit that changing environment. Through continual work, together we aim to treat the underlying disease.
Chinese herbal therapy is used to treat gynecological issues, digestive issues, chronic pain, mood imbalances, and more. Studies have shown that Chinese herbal is successful in treating a range of ailments, particularly gynecological and gastrointestinal issues.
Benefits of Herbal Therapy
Treating The Digestive System
Digestion is crucial to our overall health. When your digestion isn’t working properly, the rest of your body suffers. Your quality of sleep may deteriorate, you may find yourself lacking in energy, and your skin may be affected.
There are a handful of herbs that are often used in conjunction with other Chinese herbs for the best results to aid digestion:
Geng Mi (Rice) is considered helpful in managing thirst (in congee), diarrhea, and fatigue
Shan Zha (Hawthorn Berry) can be helpful if you are having problems digesting meats and fats.
Chen Pi (Orange Peel) can be helpful for nausea, vomiting, belching, and abdominal pain
In a 2019 research study on herbal medicines, their findings provided a positive signal for herbal medicines, citing that they can be an effective treatment for functional gastrointestinal disorders. If you're looking to seek professional advice feel free to contact us today, our friendly staff will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call +852 2526 7908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treating Anxiety, Depression & Insomnia
The prevalence of psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and insomnia are becoming increasingly common. These psychiatric disorders affect many people from all around the world. Medication is commonly prescribed for the therapy of these mental illnesses. However. herbs may also be able to provide relief to those who are suffering. Over the past decades, the exploration in the area of herbal psychopharmacology has received much attention.
A comprehensive research review presents some inspiring results for the application of Chinese herbs in the therapies for mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia and clarifies the acting mechanisms of some of the antipsychotic herbs. Chinese herbal therapy can be useful in fighting depression and anxiety.
Treating Chronic Pain
Herbal therapy used in conjunction with other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (such as acupuncture) can help to ease chronic pain in a natural way.
Chinese herbal formulas can be used to treat common medical conditions associated with pain, such as headaches and migraines, chest pain, abdominal pain, lower back pain, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, and cancer pain.
The side effects of Chinese herbal formulas are typically mild when compared to Western drug prescriptions. Alternatively, they can also be used to supplement an ongoing prescription after seeking professional medical advice. Research has shown that "Chinese herbal medicines could be considered as a complementary and integrative approach in the modern armamentarium in combating pain".
Treating Gynecological Issues
Traditional Chinese Medicine has significant advantages in treating gynecological disorders. It has a long history of treating infertility. The earliest records of treating infertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine can be dated back to 200 A.D. in the famous medical classics, Treatise on Febrile Diseases. In addition, as early as 1237 A.D., the first book devoted solely to gynecology and obstetrics of Chinese Medicine, The Complete Book of Effective Prescriptions for Diseases of Women, was published.
The typical Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies for infertility include the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture. A comprehensive research review indicates that Chinese Herbal Therapy and acupuncture usually leads to satisfactory curative effects in treating gynecological disorders such as endometriosis, infertility, dysmenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome, uterine fibroids, and chronic pelvic inflammation, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), cervicitis and vaginitis.
Chinese Herbal Therapy at Health Wise
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