For thousands of years, natural Chinese herbal remedies and
herbs have been used to improve health, vitality, and overall life expectancy.
The effectiveness of these herbs is continually proven as they are used
to restore body functions to normal and to treat numerous illnesses.
Chinese medicines and herbs have been used for thousands of years and are recognized
for their abilities to improve health, vitality, and life expectancy.
These herbs often have few or no side effects in contrast to commercial drugs.
Differing dramatically from scientific medicine,
Chinese medicine focuses on treating the entire body to promote health.
The emotional and spiritual health of a patient, in addition to total wellness,
are considered when treating and diagnosing conditions and problems.
When illness or disease is present,
the condition is considered a symptom of the person being out of balance.
Chinese herbs have been used for centuries.
The first herbalist in Chinese tradition is Shennong, a mythical personage,
who is said to have tasted hundreds of herbs and
imparted his knowledge of medicinal and poisonous plants to farmers.
The first Chinese manual on pharmacology,
the Shennong Bencao Jing (Shennong Emperor’s Classic of Materia Medica),
lists some 365 medicines of which 252 of them are herbs,
and dates back somewhere in the 1st century C.E. Han dynasty.
Earlier literature included lists of prescriptions for specific ailments,
exemplified by a manuscript “Recipes for 52 Ailments”,
found in the Mawangdui tomb, sealed in 168 B.C.E.
Succeeding generations augmented on this work,
as in the Yaoxing Lun, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, also spelled Yao Xing Lun; literally “Treatise on the Nature of Medicinal Herbs”,
a 7th century Tang Dynasty Chinese treatise on herbal medicine.
Herbology is one of the more important modalities
utilized in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs
tailored to the individual patient.
One batch of herbs is typically decocted twice over the course of one hour.
The practitioner usually designs a remedy
using one or two main ingredients that target the illness.
Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust
the formula to the patient’s yin/yang conditions.
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