Integrative Holistic Health
Integrative Holistic Health
Chinese Herbal Medicine Restores Inner Balance
Let’s face it. Most of the medications that you can buy at the drug store or pick up from your pharmacist mask symptoms. They are a temporary fix.
Although a temporary fix may make you feel better, the underlying issue is not addressed. This means that a large percentage of people deal with the same disease or disorder year after year.
What if you could change that?
What if—instead of chasing symptoms—you could correct the underlying cause of symptoms?
What Is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine relies on roots, twigs, leaves, seeds, flowers, fruit, stones, shells, and even insects. Most often, the herbs used in an herbal formula are sourced from China (and rigorously screened for pesticides and heavy metals).
What goes into a formula depends on your unique body type and your unique needs. The same diagnostic tools that are used in acupuncture are also used in Chinese herbal medicine.
Unfortunately, few of us in the United States take herbal medicine seriously.
But as it turns out, the right herbal formula can treat anything from a serious infectious disease to depression and insomnia.
This is because Chinese herbal medicine heals imbalance at the root.
Think of it like this: When the body in pain or sick, it is giving you a message. If you only treat the symptoms of a disease or disorder, you ignore the message that you are receiving from your body.
Ignoring the body throws it into a deeper state of imbalance.
Herbal Medicine Can Work With The Body’s Biochemistry
Chinese herbal medicine dates back to over 2,000 years ago. Because of its long recorded history, Chinese herbal medicine is unlike any other form of herbal medicine.Today’s practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine are standing on centuries of documented clinical experience.
And it is not just the history of clinical experience.
Herbal formulas—or specific combinations of herbs—have been passed down through generations. Chinese herbal formulas are fine-tuned and specifically crafted to bring balance back to the body. They are able to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal.
But does old medicine apply to modern-day ailments—like heart disease, stubborn weight gain, thyroid dysfunction, or autoimmune disorders?
The answer is, “Yes!”
The Science Behind Chinese Herbal Medicine
When used correctly and in the right combination, Chinese herbs have the ability to restore balance within the body.
In other words, herbal medicine can create a shift in the biochemistry of the body. With herbal medicine, you can gently and holistically correct the root of a disorder.
For example, got chronic pain?
Old, lingering pain that acts up from time to time is often the result of inflammation. Studies show that very specific herbs used in Chinese medicine effectively shut down the inflammatory pathway. This is more effective than heavy narcotics, which dull our ability to sense pain.
Other research confirms that herbal medicine can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy—even when she is having trouble conceiving.
And according to a 2010 Cochrane Review, herbal medicine can also help relieve symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). All of this and more without any negative side effects.
Remember: Herbal medicine should only be used under the guidance of a licensed practitioner.
What To Expect
A custom formula is designed to fit your unique needs. This includes allergies or any medication that you may be taking. There are 4 different forms of herbal medicine that you may receive:
Raw: Raw herbs are whole herbs that you cook at home in water. Raw herbs are portioned and packaged, typically into 4 doses taken over the course of 2 days. Raw herbs must be cooked into a tea—or decoction—before consuming. Keep in mind that the taste of a decoction can range from extremely bitter to sweet or pungent.
Powder: Powdered herbs are already cooked and prepared for you. Available as single herbs or in an herbal formula, powdered herbs are most effective when mixed into warm water.
Pill or capsule: An herbal formula can be either pressed into a pill or encapsulated. Especially useful when traveling, if you spend most of your day away from home, or if you find it hard to stomach the taste of raw herbs.
Topical: Topical herbs are only used on the skin—as a compress, an ointment, or a wash.