Today, people from different social and cultural backgrounds are effectively treating various kinds of acute and chronic health problems with Chinese herbs. Although the notion is not believed by many, several studies have proved it to be a very successful method in treating different kinds of disorders especially gastrointestinal and gynecological disorders.
The different health conditions that can be treated with Chinese herbal formula include:
- Fatigue and Insomnia
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Hepatic disorders
- Digestive problems
- Gynecological disorders
- Chronic headaches
- Diarrhea and Constipation
- Skin disorders
- Painful menstruation
- Loss of appetite
- Disorders related with menopause
- Influenza and Common cold
The fundamental principles of TCM are quite different from the traditional Western philosophies about health, workings of body and illness. While patients are given prescription drugs for consumption when sick, a Chinese medical treatment plan includes a combination of qi gong, massage therapy and moxibustion. Chinese herbal medicine usually takes a holistic approach in understanding the normal functioning of a body and the course of action of the diseases and thus concentrates more on their prevention than on their treatment. According to TCM, the illnesses or diseases present have a core set of recognizable indications but the definite presentation of any particular illness or disease varies from one person to another. For this, people having same kind of health conditions are provided with various Chinese medicine prescriptions.
Chinese medicines are given either singly or prepared into formulae. They are prepared considering the therapeutic action of every herb and the effects that they can have if combined together. A good formula enhances the effectiveness in treating a particular condition. Nowadays, there are over four hundred substances that are used for making Chinese medicine. These medicines are mostly originated from plants but a few preparations include animal products and minerals. However, some of the substances, which were used traditionally, are no longer used in modern Chinese medicine practice