Chinese Herbal Medicine takes holistic approach to restore function or prevent disease. There are more than 5000 medicinal substances currently used. Most of the substances are from plants but some are animal and mineral based. The medicinal substances’ uses, effects, dosages, and contraindications have been studied and observed for over five millennia. Chinese Herbal Medicine is a modality in Oriental Medicine that is crucial to natural and holistic approach.
Most diseases have classic signs and symptoms that help us recognize and identify the disease. However, everyone is unique. The actual presentation will always vary person to person. Chinese Herbal Medicine is especially effective because it intervenes the disease process by prescribing a specifically tailored herbal medicine for each individual. Also, as your condition improves or changes, practitioner will re-adjust the medications to better fit you to achieve the desired effects.
Asian Herbal medicine is based on an Individualized pattern diagnosis as well as a disease diagnosis. Your pattern is made up of your signs and symptoms, and the constitution of your body (weak, strong, hot, cold, young, old etc). Herbal treatment is tailored to treat your specific pattern as well as symptom and disease. In Western Medicine, drugs are prescribed for their effectiveness on a group of people with a disease, such as bronchitis. In Asian Herbalogy a condition such as bronchitis can be classified and treated as one of many conditions such as Lung dry heat, Lung Hot phlegm, Lung Cold Phlegm, Liver damaging Lung etc. And each conformation is treated differently based on the symptoms and the patients constitution.
Short abbreviated list of conditions typically treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine:
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