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Chinese Medicine

What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

HerbsBefore we discuss what is herb medicine and how it might help you. Let us give you some background on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for over twenty-three centuries.

While it can remedy ailments and alter states of mind, TCM can also enhance recuperative power, immunity, and the capacity for pleasure, work and creativity.

The underlying principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine regards all of creation as a marriage of two polar elements, Yin and Yang. Earth and Heaven, winter and summer, night and day, cold and hot, wet and dry, inner and outer and body and mind. Harmony of this union means health, good weather, and good fortune, while disharmony leads to disease and disaster. The strategy of Chinese medicine is to restore harmony and balance.

Diagnosis
Practitioners assess a person's health by feeling the pulsation at each wrist and by observing the color and form of the face, tongue and body. This information is interpreted in the context of a patient's present and past complaints, work and living habits, physical environment, family health history and emotional life.

Herb Medicine
Herb medicine is one important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is itself a powerful method of healing. Chinese herb medicine treats the underlying condition by restoring the balance of Yin and Yang and altering the disease process. It rarely causes unwanted side- effects.

How Herb Medicine Works?
Chinese herbs are usually combined in formulas to enhance their properties and actions. Symptoms and signs are matched with therapeutic effects, reflecting the particular conditions and needs of each patient.

Formulas are available in a variety of forms: crude herbs to be boiled into tea, liquid bottled extracts, ground herbs packaged in pills, and powders. Herbs, more like foods than drugs, can supplement our diet and fortify our constitution as well as prevent or remedy ailments. Sometimes, long-term use of herbs is desirable whereas extended use of pharmaceuticals would not be healthy.
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