Truth is, there is no single way that herbal medicine works, The various healing herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine perform many functions including:
- Balance yin and yang
- Fight infection
- Raise chi levels
- Nourish the blood and promote good circulation
- Increase or decrease dryness, heat, wind, dampness, cold and fire in the body
- Remove toxins from your system
- Improve digestions and absorption of nutrients
- Replenish sexual energy
- Elevate organ function (for example, a health liver will help maintain good emotional health)
Certain herbs (or combinations of herbs) act rapidly, while others are designed to gradually fortify your body over time.
“Why don’t we always use rapid acting herbs?” you might ask. Well if your system is very weak (for instance, if you’ve just had complicated surgery or chemotherapy), we need to gently build up your chi over time, because your system simply can only handle so much.
Depending on your illness, we may prescribe Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture (along with massage and/or reflexology, if necessary), because these treatments work perfectly side by side. For example, we might give you herbs to raise your chi levels and acupuncture to unblock your meridians and make sure the chi flows smoothly to your internal organs.
And if you really want to experience “total” health, don’t wait until you’re sick to take Chinese herbs. Rather use herbs regularly throughout the year to prevent illness. (More information about using Chinese herbs to prevent illness here)
Preparing your Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
When I started practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia I noticed many patients did not take the herbs the way they should. I quickly discovered that people who weren’t used to cooking and preparing chinese herbs often didn’t bother! So these days we do all the hard work for you…