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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Understanding Alternative Medicine

Feb 15

Understanding Alternative Medicine

You may have heard of the term alternative medicine while browsing through some natural remedies or ways to treat your health condition. Over the past few decades, alternative medicine is getting increasingly popular, and thanks to its effectiveness, more and more people are now turning to using this form of medicine as an alternative to conventional medicine and drugs. Before you get confused, let’s take a closer look at this amazing science, and understand how it can help you deal with your health conditions in a better, efficient way. What is Alternative Medicine? Alternative medicine is basically a very broad field of science that comprises of a number of different practices and healing methods. Acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, naturopathy, herbal medicine, Ayurveda, aura healing, homeopathy etc are among the most popular therapies included under alternative medicine. One of the best benefits of choosing alternative medicine is the fact that it doesn’t have any side effects associated with its use, even if carried out long-term. Alternative medicine practices are also very simple, and are believed to work better when carried out in conjugation with medications and other treatment measures. Acupuncture Decoded Acupuncture specifically falls under traditional Chinese medicine, and is a popular practice, especially when it comes to dealing with stress, depression and chronic pain. Acupuncture uses a very different approach to the treatment of disorders, as opposed to conventional medicine and drugs. It is believed that an imbalance in the vital life force energy flowing through the body, which is known as qi, is responsible for the occurrence of diseases. Through acupuncture, certain points on the body are stimulated using tiny, thin needles, which restore the healthy flow of qi through the body, which improves overall well being. Who is an Acupuncturist?  Simply put, an acupuncturist is an individual who practices acupuncture. Acupuncture needs formal, professional training before it can be practiced upon, so make sure you know well about the professionalism of the acupuncturist before you seek his/her services. Most people tend to be scared of acupuncture, since it involves the use of needles; however, acupuncture practices hardly cause any pain, since the needles used are very thin. It is advisable that you avoid trying out acupuncture yourself and...

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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- Benefits, Types and More

Feb 09

Ginseng- Benefits, Types and More

Characterized by their fleshy roots which resemble a man’s legs, ginseng plants are used widely as a treatment against several disorders and health conditions, particularly in Chinese herbal medicine. The therapeutic use of this herb is such that it is not only consumed as a herb, but also added to tonics and supplements and even make up for a good portion of some herbal beauty products and cosmetics. Infact, in the early times, ginseng had sparked international trade, and was exchanged in place of raw silk, which highlights the importance of this Chinese herb. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of ginseng, their uses, side effects and more. Read on… Uses of Ginseng Though there is limited evidence to support the use of ginseng as a treatment of various health disorders and conditions, herbal medicine practitioners and experts believe that this herb could hold valuable healing properties. A study from Mayo Clinic found how the extracts of ginseng could be helpful in boosting energy levels, stimulating physical and mental activity among those weak and tired, and may also help patients with fatigue. Another study, published in the Journal of Dairy Science found how ginseng extracts, when mixed with fortified milk, could help improve cognitive function. Yet another research conducted at the Medical School of Nantong University found that ginseng extracts were indeed, effective in boosting thinking ability and cognitive function. Ginseng is also a good source of ginsenosides, which are packed with immunosuppressant effects, which reduce inflammation and pain associated with autoimmune disorders like arthritis, rheumatism etc. Some studies have also found ginseng to possess anti-cancer properties and help men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Siberian Ginseng Also known as Eleuthero, Siberian ginseng is extremely popular, thanks to its amazing health benefits. The extracts of Siberian ginseng are sometimes even used in skincare products and cosmetics. Several studies have supported the use of Siberian ginseng as a natural treatment for cold and cough, since this herb is believed to hold excellent immune boosting properties that sometimes even prevent seasonal cold. Some other studies have also found Siberian ginseng extracts to be an effective treatment for fatigue, pain associated with osteoarthritis, and high cholesterol levels and more. Korean...

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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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Chinese Medicine and Herbs Understood

Feb 05

Chinese Medicine and Herbs Understood

Conventional medicine, which involve the use of chemically prepared drugs, are often criticized for the side effects associated with their long term use, and now, many people are turning to choosing natural remedies for their health problems. Among the many natural treatment options, Chinese medicine remains a popular one. Here we’ll understand more about this unique healing approach, and how it works in curing different common conditions such as acne, infertility, obesity, eczema and more. Understanding Chinese Medicine Chinese medicine basically involves a group of different natural approaches that may be used individually or in conjugation with other therapies to treat an individual. Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and reflexology are among the most common forms of practices included under Chinese medicine, and are probably the most popular too. Chinese medicine works under the principle that an imbalance of qi (the vital life force energy flowing through the body, that keeps the body and its organs functioning properly) is what leads to development of disease. Most Chinese medicine practices work to stimulate the proper flow of qi and remove energy blockages, if any. Chinese Medicine Acne Acne is a pressing skin condition, especially among teenagers and young adults. Surprisingly, it is pretty easy to deal with- you don’t need to pile up expensive creams and beauty products to prevent acne- Chinese medicine can do it all! Acupuncture may work wonderfully in preventing and treating acne- it restores the normal flow of qi through the body and aids normal detoxification, which further prevents formation of acne due to presence of toxins in the body. Some herbs may also act as a wonderful Chinese medicine acne treatment- here we’ve listed them down. Bai Ji Bai Fu Zi Bai Lian Bai Zhu Bai Guo You can use the extracts of any of these Chinese herbs to apply to your face- they prevent bacterial and fungal infections on the skin, lessen inflammation and scars and also stimulate good health of the skin. Before you use any of these herbs, make sure you are not allergic to them. Chinese Medicine Weight loss Weight loss is a top priority for most of us, and that’s not a surprise since obesity has now reached epidemic proportions in...

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