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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Chinese Medicine 101

Feb 03

Chinese Medicine 101

Are you one of those who pop a pill every time you feel a headache coming up? Does your daily diet consist of a good number of different pills and supplements? You’re not alone- a good percentage of people today rely on medications and drugs to handle their health conditions. However, there is a much better, efficient, and side-effect free way to deal with most health problems- Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine is ancient form of medicine that comprises of different therapies and modes of healing, and uses a unique concept to deal with different health disorders. Let’s take a closer look at the basics of Chinese medicine, and how a Chinese herbalist may help you find the easy way out to manage your health condition. What is Chinese Medicine? Also sometimes swapped for traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine is basically a number of different approaches and treatment options that aim to restore health and wellbeing in the body. Often, the different branches of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine and acupressure are faced with criticism and controversies- skeptics believe that this form of medicine is nothing but a placebo effect- the healer compels the individual to believe that the form of therapy may work and bring about wellbeing. Thankfully, several studies have confirmed how Chinese medicine is actually reliable, and the modes and methods of healing, and the concept of disease is understandable. Let’s take a closer look at the basic properties and theory of traditional Chinese medicine, and compare it with conventional medicine. Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine Unlike conventional medicines and drugs, traditional Chinese medicine aims to restore health and remove disease from its very root. Most of the medications and drugs that we take today are mainly aimed at removing the symptoms associated with the disease, and does little about the actual disease itself. Traditional Chinese medicine, however, has a very different approach- it aims to remove the causative agent of the disease, strengthen the organ (and the neighboring organs) affected, and thereby restore complete health and well-being. In traditional Chinese medicine, Qi plays a very important role. Qi is actually nothing but a strong life force energy flowing through the body, which sends nutrients to the...

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