2. Why Chinese Herbal Formula?
Long History of Healing -- Many ancient civilizations originated excellent medicines. China
is unique in that, for a number of social, cultural, political,
and economic reasons, its medicine experienced a relatively continuous
development. Generations have continued to refine and develop the
rich medical traditions that can be traced to classic ancient texts,
many of which are thousands of years old.
A Complete Medical System -- Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers an entire theoretical
and scientific system. It is not simply a gathering of pieces of
experience, remedies, and knowledge, it is a medicine with its own
theory of the body that underpins explanations of how and why certain
treatments are used and how and why sickness originates and resolves.
Reliable Clinical Results -- TCM has its own medical schools, clinics, and hospitals. Half-a-million
TCM doctors in China and thousands of acupuncturists and herbalists
outside of China treat billions of people internationally. Hundreds
of medical journals record and assess clinical results. More and
more TCM practitioners and researchers are using modern research
techniques to conduct systematic and extensive research. When herbal
formulas are used properly, practitioners have found time and again
that they offer reliable clinical results.
Gentle, Natural, and Safe -- A growing number of medical consumers are interested in natural
medical treatments. They want herbal remedies with few side effects.
Chinese herbal formulas are powerful yet gentle treatments that
offer patients natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals. Even when
consumed in dosages five times that of what is recommended, most
herbal formulas are safe and non-toxic.
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|Echinacea or Goldenseal
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Increased Strength Through
Formulas --The saying "power in numbers" makes
good sense when applied to herbal formulas. For thousands of years
Chinese doctors have realized the advantages of using combinations
of herbs to treat illness. The healing properties of individual
herbs are strengthened and nuanced when used in correct combinations.
Treatment -- Chinese herbal formulas will generally not
interfere with Western pharmaceuticals. They should not be taken
at the same time, but should be ingested two hours apart. In some
cases Chinese herbal therapy will actually increase the effectiveness
of allopathic treatments. For example, more and more research confirms
that certain Chinese herbal formulas increase the effectiveness
of chemotherapy and radiation while decreasing side effects and
protecting healthy tissue from damage.
For certain conditions, acupuncture
alone can produce quick and dramatic results. In the West, most
patients come to acupuncturists with long-term chronic complaints.
For these problems, acupuncture and herbs together can provide better
and more expedient results.
Inexpensive and Proactive -- For certain conditions, other TCM methods of treatment such as
acupuncture and Tuina should be done more than once each week to
achieve best results. Due to financial and time constraints, many
patients simply cannot afford such frequent treatments. Chinese
herbal formulas allow patients to bring their treatments home. They
offer medical consumers a proactive approach to their health care.
Targets the Underlying
Condition -- Many Western herbal and allopathic treatments
are aimed at treating symptoms. In order to maintain a relief from
symptoms, the treatment must be continued indefinitely. Chinese
herbal formulas target the underlying conditions that lead to symptoms.
Once the underlying condition is treated, the symptoms will subside,
and treatment can be stopped.
TCM theory categorizes illness
differently than Western medical theory. Similarly, treatments are
aimed at countering very specific kinds of ailments. For example,
many Westerners take echinacea and golden seal at the onset of a
cold. Echinacea, a warm and tonifying herb, would actually exacerbate
an attack of Wind-Heat and Goldenseal with its cool properties would
exacerbate an attack of Wind-Cold. Differentiating between Wind-Heat
and Wind-Cold (See "Cold and Flu" Disease Profile) is
necessary in order to treat the condition correctly. Taking the
wrong single herb, such as Goldenseal or Echinacea, could actually
worsen the attack and prolong the illness. Likewise, depression,
according to TCM theory, can be due to a variety of underlying conditions.
Therefore, the idea that a single herb like St. John's Wort could
treat the majority of cases is highly suspect. In Chinese medicine,
the idea is simple: locate the underlying condition, if that is
treated, natural balance will be returned to the body and there
will be no symptoms.