Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine

Feb 19

Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine

While hunting for natural ways to treat and heal your body and illnesses, you may have come across Chinese herbal remedies and medicines. Among the many branches of alternative medicine, Chinese herbal medicine still stands high and among the most used natural treatment approaches. Here, we’ll discuss more about this great form of medicine, some popular Chinese herbal remedies, and list down some must-have Chinese herbs. http://www.2009wccm.com/chinese-medicine-101/   What is Chinese Herbal Medicine? During the ancient times, the Chinese have been using a different range of herbs and botanical extracts to deal with and manage different health disorders and conditions. It all started with the earliest literatures, which date back to 168 BC. Probably the most important contribution to Chinese herbal medicine was by a recognized herbalist named Shénnóng, who’s material medica (a book comprising of different herbs and extracts as treatments) is still regarded among many practitioners today. It is believed that he himself tasted and understood hundreds of herbs, and listed down their benefits and properties. His book on Chinese herbal medicine comprises of 365 species of grasses, roots, furs, animals, stones and woods, and he placed them into the following three categories- A superior category of Chinese herbs that may be used for multiple diseases, and restoration of health, and they have absolutely no side effects associated with their use. A category of tonics and potions that must not be taken for a prolonged duration. A class of herbs, best taken in very small doses, and may be used for specific health conditions only. Unlike conventional medicines, Chinese herbal medicines are usually prepared for the patient, and tailored specifically to meet his needs. While most Chinese herbs are completely safe in use, especially after they have been recommended by a professional practitioner or a herbalist; however, the efficacy of these herbs have not yet been clarified by studies and clinical trials. Common Chinese Herbal Remedies If you’re particularly interested in trying out Chinese herbal remedies for yourself, you may need to seek professional medical help before you proceed- just to make sure you aren’t allergic to any particular Chinese herbs, or don’t suffer any drug interaction whatsoever. Here we’ve listed down the best Chinese herbal remedies...

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Uncovering the uses of Acupuncture

Feb 17

Uncovering the uses of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine, and is well known for its effectiveness as a natural treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Just like other branches under Chinese medicine, acupuncture too, is based on the principle that a life force energy flows through the body, and helps keep the different organs functioning properly. This vital life force energy, also known as qi, when undergoes blockages or any imbalances, causes diseases and health disorders. Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate certain points on the body, known as acupoints, which restore the flow of qi through the body, helps it reach all the organs, and promotes health and wellbeing. While acupuncture practices involve the use of needles, which is not to be carried out without professional knowledge and education, you can still reap the benefits of this amazing practice; simply stimulate the acupoints using the tips of your fingers rather than needles- which is nothing but another form of traditional Chinese medicine, which we know today as acupressure. Read on to know more about the use of acupuncture for back pain, acupuncture for arthritis, acupuncture for depression and many other disorders. Acupuncture for back pain It is estimated that around 8 in every 10 people around the world fall prey to some form of back problem in their life, which is concerning. The advancements in medicine and technology have made treatments easier, no doubt; but at the cost of our health. Most of the new treatments and therapies bring with them a good list of side effects. Thankfully, using acupuncture for back pain can guarantee you no side effects. Several studies have found that using acupuncture for back pain was effective in curbing symptoms associated with the condition, and also managed to reduce chronic back pain in patients suffering from the disorder. This probably explains why a lot of people are now restoring to use acupuncture for back pain instead of other treatments. Here are a few acupoints, stimulation of which could help you achieve relief from back pain. Commanding Middle- This point is located in the center, exactly at the back of the knee. This point is more likely to be tender, so make sure you...

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Understanding Acupuncture

Feb 13

Understanding Acupuncture

You may have heard about acupuncture as a treatment for different health conditions, and may have even considered trying it out for yourself. Acupuncture is a popular healing method under traditional Chinese medicine, and if you’re curious about this amazingly effective therapy, look no further- read on to know more about the basics of acupuncture and how you can use it to deal with conditions like tinnitus, fertility, anxiety and acne. Acupuncture is a minimally invasive procedure under traditional Chinese medicine, which involves the use of microscopic needles to stimulate particular points on the body and boost the healthy flow of qi (the life force energy which flows through all the organs of the body, and nourishes them) throughout the body. Skeptics have often compared this healing practice to no more effective than a placebo, however, several studies have confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for various disorders, over which we elaborate further in the article. Acupuncture for tinnitus Tinnitus, commonly known for the typical ringing sensation in the ears, can be irritating and may make it difficult for you to concentrate on important stuff that needs your attention. Using acupuncture for tinnitus, you can almost instantly get rid of that ringing sensation, and without any side effects whatsoever. Basically, tinnitus is believed to arise out of a depleted flow of energy to the kidneys, and acupuncture works by strengthening the kidneys and restoring the flow of energy to them. Here is a simple point you can stimulate using light pressure by your fingers itself. Place the index fingers of each of your hands on the area right beside each ear (where the face meets the ear) and using gentle pressure, glide over this area, looking for indentions or elevations and sensitive areas. Massage these areas for 2-3 minutes. Do not practice acupuncture on yourself using needles- you need to have professional experience to try that. Acupuncture for anxiety Anxiety, stress and depression are common today owing to the fast-paced life. What’s even more concerning is the fact that stress is linked to many health problems, some of them particularly severe. Thankfully using acupuncture for anxiety, stress and other mental problems is a safe and effective method....

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Ginseng Benefits Decoded

Feb 11

Ginseng Benefits Decoded

Think about Chinese herbs and remedies, and the first one that probably comes up to your mind is ginseng. The ancient Chinese, and other cultures around the world have been using this very herb as a natural remedy for a wide range of illnesses and health conditions, and people have experienced enormous benefits of doing so. While there do exist many different types of ginseng, most of them work in the same way, and have positive health benefits. The root of this herb holds the best therapeutic properties, and is thought to prevent certain health conditions too, without any side effects whatsoever. Here we’ve listed down the best health benefits ginseng, and its various types offers. Read on… Ginseng Benefits While there do exist different kinds of ginseng, there are certain health benefits that are common to all these types. Here we’ve listed down the ginseng benefits common to all- Ginseng extracts may help speed up recovery of individuals suffering from certain illnesses. They also improve physical and mental performance, improves stamina, and gives you an energy boost. Another great one of ginseng benefits is that it may help lower down stress levels, and help you tackle day-to-day situations better and in a more positive frame of mind. Some research suggests it may also tackle fatigue and weakness. The extraordinary adaptogenic properties of ginseng may be helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels and stimulate cardiovascular health. Another amazing noteworthy plus among the different ginseng benefits is its superb anti-ageing property, which makes it even more popular. Siberian Ginseng Benefits Siberian ginseng is known for its effective adaptogenic properties, which make it among one of the best herbs. You may often come across Siberian ginseng being used in dietary supplements and skincare and beauty products too. Here we’ve listed down some of the best Siberian ginseng benefits you must know about. When given in the early stages of cold, Siberian ginseng reduces the severity of symptoms associated with it, and brings about relief. Taking Siberian ginseng in the powdered form may help lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce oxidative stress and thereby prevent major cardiovascular conditions. Another commendable Siberian ginseng benefits is its ability to ease arthritis pain when ingested. Patients...

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Ginseng – Understanding the Wonder Herb

Feb 07

Ginseng – Understanding the Wonder Herb

Among the various branches of traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine seems to stand out a winner. Chinese herbs are being used to heal different ailments of the body today, and have managed to work wonderfully, sometimes even better than conventional drugs and medications, when it comes to disease treatment and prevention. Among the many herbs used in Chinese herbal medicine, Ginseng is the most popular thanks to its excellence and versatility. Let’s take a closer look at this Chinese herb, its various types, and how you can use them to your benefit. What is Ginseng? Found growing in the northern hemisphere, ginseng is basically an herb, used by herbalists and natural medicine practitioners around the world to deal with different health conditions. Though the entire plant has wonderful therapeutic properties, it is ginseng root which holds the best benefits. There are many different types of ginseng, and the extracts of this herb are commonly used as a stimulant, an aphrodisiac and for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and different sexual disorders, in particular. Korean Ginseng Korean ginseng is basically a type of ginseng, and is particularly known for its use in health conditions like cold, flu, herpes simplex infection, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and some mental disorders too. The use of Korean ginseng, just like any other herb, should be done with caution as it may lead to certain side effects (very rare, only in people who are allergic to the herb), drug interactions or some other complications (in very weak individuals such as elderly, pregnant women, infants and immunocompromised people). Taking Korean ginseng is believed to have the following health benefits- Better mental efficiency Reduced fatigue Lower blood pressure Lower blood sugar Body balance Optimum immune system function A libido boost Relief from stress and fatigue Reduced symptoms of arthritis Siberian Ginseng Also known as Eleuthero, Siberian ginseng is yet another type of ginseng, and is rather popular, thanks to its use in skincare and beauty. While the research on Siberian ginseng, just like other herbs, is fairly limited, there are certain health benefits commonly observed among individuals who use it as a herbal treatment. Siberian ginseng offers the following health benefits- Protection from cold and cough An...

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