Herbs are a variety of naturally found products that have properties that add to the healthful benefits of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese treatments.
Herbal formulas that include several different types of herbs are created for specific pattern of disharmony. Chinese medical doctors choose from hundreds of prepared herbal formulas for their patients based on the principle of tongue and pulse diagnosis and analysis of signs and symptoms.
Some well-known names of herbs are Ginseng, Dan Quei and Astragulas. Ginseng contains ginsengside which gives body mild stimulus and regulate metabolism. It is widely used in China to treat diseases and increase general health. Recent study indicates it cut blood sugar level and may help diabetic patients. Dan Quei removes blood stagnation and promotes blood circulation. It is widely used for all women’s concerns as it is believed to regulate sex hormones. Astragulas enhance body’s immune system. Recent studies also indicate it may have anti-cancer function.
The herbal formulas used in this clinic are the product of well-known Shanghai Chinese Medicine Manufacturing Company and are approved by Food and Drug Administration to market as dietary supplements.
How do Chinese Herbs work?
Some Chinese herbs have been tracked down to the active ingredient that affects the health of the patient. Ephedrine, the active ingredient in the Chinese herb Ma Huang is an excellent example. Most Chinese herbs are unexplored from the perspective of Western science, but they have been used for thousands of years and demonstrated clinically effective.
The effectiveness of herbs has been interpreted through the theory of “energetics”, as that interpreted for acupuncture.
An example of Energetics
Arthritis is aggravated by humidity or rain. In Chinese perspective, that would be an invasion of cold and damp into the meridians, the freeways of energy within the body. Sometimes this cold and damp will lodge in the joints what is called Arthritis.
There are, however, certain plants that are very comfortable living in cold and damp environment. They have a natural defense against excessive cold and damp weather. There is one in particular that is called Hai Tong Pi. This translates to Sea Vine Bark. There is, in this bark, the necessary energetics required to keep this plant that lives near the sea, free from constant invasion of cold and damp air. Ingesting the bark in the form of tea will provide those who suffer from arthritis the same relief from the pain associated with internal invasion of cold and damp as is enjoyed by Hai Tong Pi.
No doubt there is some active ingredient involved in Hai Tong Pi, perhaps erythraline, or a combination of its known ingredients, but generally, the research on the specifics has not yet happened. Until then, it is a healthy mental exercise to look at pathology from the Chinese perspective. Walking away from any problem and coming back fresh to see it differently is the source of multitudes of creative and beneficial solutions to the problems of individuals and society. The Chinese perspective on health provides us with that new way of seeing problems of health, and creative new ways of healing. Practitioners usually follow such a rule that it is more important to heal the patient, than be able to explain how it was done.