Chinese herbal medicine has been utilized in the treatment of many ailments and diseases for over two thousand years, and has been prescribed for anything from the common cold to digestive disorders, pain, menstrual cycle regulation, and skin issues, to mention a few.
Chinese herbal medicine is unique in that it uses multi-herb mixtures rather than single herbs or supplements, as do western herbs and vitamins. Traditionally, a “emperor” herb or herbs target the primary complaint or pattern, followed by “minister” herbs that target secondary complaints while also assisting the emperor, and finally “assistant” herbs that either reduce side effects or direct the herbs to specific parts of the body or channels for maximum effect.
The following conditions are treated with Chinese herbal medicine:
- Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
- Back ache
- Eczema, hives, acne, psoriasis, and other skin diseases are among the most common.
- Blood pressure that is too high
- Symptoms of menopause
- Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects people.
The color, appearance, size, itching, and position of nodules, as well as other health and lifestyle symptoms, are more important in Chinese medicine for diagnosing skin diseases like eczema.
As previously said, Chinese herbal medicine is intended to treat the client as a whole, addressing not only the client’s primary complaint but also aiming to improve the client’s digestion, sleep, and mood. If the digestive system is working effectively, the client will be able to absorb more nutrients from their diet and have more regular and well-formed bowel movements.
If the client’s sleep is improved and they are able to achieve 7-9 hours of deep restful sleep, their mood will improve, and their digestion will improve, indicating that they are entering the rest and digest healing stage, which will result in an increase in energy.
Everyday living, whether it’s a hectic work schedule, getting up early, or dealing with a global pandemic, can easily trigger the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight” response. Being in this state for an extended period of time might have negative consequences, such as poor sleep, digestion, and mood.
Chinese medicine has a unique ability to nudge the body into the parasympathetic healing state of ‘rest and digest. Chinese herbal medicine can help the body to rest and digest, allowing for better stress management, better digestion, and more restful sleep, all of which lead to improved mood and vitality.
By nudging the body into the ‘rest and digest’ response, Chinese herbal medicine has the incredible potential to aid in normal digestion and reduce digestive disorders.
Chinese herbal medicine is also often used to help with conception and menstrual cycle regulation. To support healthy menstruation and conception, a practitioner will collect extensive information about the menstrual cycle as well as general health inquiries.
One of the most appealing aspects of Chinese herbal medicine is that it is simple and straightforward, allowing you to receive treatment at home or on the go.