Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs are an integral part of Chinese medicine and their use dates back to at least the second century B.C. The majority of TCM treatments administered throughout Asia involve the safe use of Chinese Herbs. While here in the USA they are used much less frequently, the Japanese widely use a government sanctioned herbal medicine they call Kampo. Kampo is based on Chinese herbs and is used alongside Western pharmaceuticals because the herbs were found to be safer and in many cases equally or more effective than drugs.
Benefits of Chinese Herbs
The benefit of Chinese herbs is that each formula is customized to the person’s specific condition and constitution, then modified as the condition improves. A formula usually consists of 8-18 herbs that have multiple functions and work together in specific ways. All aspects are customizable – the type and number of herbs, their relative quantities, the dosages, as well as when and how often herbs are administered – to achieve maximum benefit while virtually eliminating any possible negative side effects.
Another benefit of Chinese herbs is that in most cases, their use is time-limited. Once the symptoms resolve, use of the herbs ceases. This allow the body to maintain its own natural balance.