Chinese Herbs

For Centuries Chinese Herbs Are Used in Herbal Remedies

Chinese Medicine is an ancient healing art dating back to at least 2500 BC. In Chinese Medicine illness is seen as a sign of disharmony within the whole person. Chinese herbs made into herbal remedies are an important way of restoring balance.

It is the job of the Chinese Doctor to restore harmony and balance. Once this is done the natural healing mechanisms are able to work more efficiently. The doctor will do this by mixing Chinese herbs into herbal remedies.

The elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water

Chinese Medicine is based on the theory of elements used to explain every interaction between people and their environment. These elements are “Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.” Each element is tied to a number of associations from emotions and parts of the body to human sounds, taste, seasons, and colors. Herbal remedies play an important role in creating balance.

Yin and Yang

Chinese medicine also incorporated Yin and Yang. It is believed that everything in the cosmos contains and is balanced by its own polar opposite. Yin is female and is dark and cold; whereas Yang is male and is light and hot. To maintain optimal health Yin and Yang need to be in balance. Many illnesses and diseases can be attributed to a deficiency or excess of either Yin or Yang.

5 Tastes

Chinese medicine also identifies five tastes that can be characterized as hot or cold. Pungent and sweet tastes are both heating, while sour, bitter and salty tastes are cooling. Some herbs combine several flavors.

These characteristics influence which part of the body the herb effects. Hot things rise or float so pungent and sweet herbs tend to effect the upper and exterior parts of the body. Cold things sink so they are more effective for the lower half or interior of the body. The Chinese usually prescribe herbs in standard formulas, which are sometimes adjusted depending on the specific condition.

5 Energies

Energies of Chinese herbs refers to their ability to generate specific sensations, either hot or cold, within the body. The five energies are cold, hot, warm, cool, and neutral. These do not refer to the present state of the herb but it’s effective on the body. For example, hot tea shortly after entering the body has a cooling effect. Once again herbal remedies are used.

Different energies act upon the human body in different ways, having an important effect on good health. It is interesting that the Chinese not only classify their foods as hot or cold, but also the human body is classified as hot or cold which also plays an important role in choices. A hot physical constitution should take more cold herbs to obtain balance, whereas a cold physical constitution should take more hot herbs to obtain balance.

It works

Chinese medicine is not folk medicine but it does use Chinese herbs. It is scientific and it works. Chinese hospitals practice Chinese medicine often treating patients with herbal remedies made from Chinese herbs. There is much we could learn from Chinese medicine if western medicine was not so closed minded.

If you sufferer from an illness or injury and you have had little or no success with western medicine, I urge you to seek out a Chinese practitioner to help you. What have you got to loose?

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