Chinese Herbal Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Medicinal Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to cure diseases and alleviate discomfort due to many different disorders. Often, as part of your treatment, an herbal formula will be suggested for you to take between visits to enhance your healing process.

The herbs that make up the formulas each have their own characteristics which affect the body in different ways. These are called the herb's properties. An example of an herbal property is temperature, which refers to the temperature, or metabolic rate change, the herb induces in your body when consumed. When combined together, these herbal concoctions can treat a wide variety of complex ailments. Modern research shows that Herbal Medicine can be highly effective in alleviating many disease symptoms. They can be prescribed to help balance hormonal fluctuations that come with menopause, assist with sleeping disorders, enhance digestion and boost the immune system, just to name a few examples.

Exemplifying this point, the World Health Organization states that:

    * "25% of modern medicines are made from plants first used traditionally (-).

    * TM (Traditional Medicine) can also have impact on infectious diseases. For     example, the Chinese herbal remedy Artemisia annua, used in China for     almost 2000 years has been found to be effective against resistant malaria     and could create a breakthrough in preventing almost one million deaths     annually, most of them children, from severe malaria.

    * In South Africa, the Medical Research Council is conducting studies on the     efficacy of the plant Sutherlandia Microphylla in treating AIDS patients.     Traditionally used as a tonic, this plant may increase energy, appetite and     body mass in people living with HIV."

Herbal Formulas can be taken in tea or pill form. At Sierra Acupuncture and Integrative Health Center we will most often offer our medicinal formulas in a pre-made pill form or powder you can mix with water. We have found this system to be the best suited to our western life styles.

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