Chinese Herbal Medicine
In China, people have been using natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions for over 2,000 years with over 300 herbs. Individual herbs are formulated together through a complex system that has been passed down through lineages such as the Shang Han Lun. In modern times, herbal formulas increase the effectiveness of drug treatments, reduce side effects, and sometimes replace pharmaceuticals all together.
Herbs are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. In one formula, there is most likely a variety of these herbal elements. The formulas are comprised from a concept of flavors: bitter, sour, astringent, sweet, salty, and pungent, which relate to the Five Element cycle (Fire, Wood, Water, Metal, and Earth). Through this method of diagnosis and prescription, a person can be prescribed one of approximately 314 Shang Han Lun formulas in addition to having it personally modified/custom made.
What Do Chinese Herbs Treat?
CHRONIC ILLNESS: Pain syndromes, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders, stress related syndromes, respiratory disorders, heart problems, sexual dysfunction, allergies, and immune system deficiencies
PREVENTION: Yin and Yang tonics, prescribed to aid in the aging process by promoting optimal health and longevity, and even enhance sexual energy
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS: Stress and anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, mood swings, etc. In Chinese Medicine, emotional symptoms are thought to be due to an imbalance in the body. Herbal remedies can rectify the imbalance without creating dependence on the formula, unlike antidepressants.
POST TRAUMA: Surgery, auto accidents, falls, sports injuries, concussions, etc. “Blood-moving” herbs help to speed up the healing process, aiding the body in it’s own natural design.