About Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine, also known as TCM, has been using herbal remedies for thousands of years. These herbal remedies may be in the form of powders, teas, pills, syrups or liquid extracts. There are literally hundreds of different herbs that can be used in traditional Chinese medicine and they can be used either on their own or in combination with other herbs.
In many cases herbal remedies are used along with other types of therapies such as tai chi, massage therapy and acupuncture. The principles underlying this type of medicine are quite different from those associated with medicine as it is practiced in the Western Hemisphere. The Chinese herbs are used to balance the Qi, which is the energy that runs through the meridians in the body.
Studies have proven that traditional herbal Chinese remedies can successfully treat a number of different illnesses including gastrointestinal and gynecological disorders.
Yin and Yang
There are two different energy forces at work in the body and they oppose each other to create a balance. Qi, the life force of the body, is affected by both the Yin and the Yang. When they are out of balance, illness develops since the Qi becomes blocked. A number of different causes can create an imbalance including fashion, emotional upsets, a poor diet, pollution and stress.
Types of Traditional Chinese Herbs
Most of the herbal medicines used are plant-based but there are others that include animal or mineral products. There are many different herbs that are used to balance different body parts and in many cases several herbs will be used. The selection of the herbs will be based on the patient’s overall state of health, imbalances of Yin and Yang, and the different elements that affect vital organs in the body.
Herbs can be as powerful as many pharmaceutical drugs and for this reason they should be treated with respect. Make sure that you are visiting a qualified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine to ensure you receive the best results.