Chinese Medicine & Herbs Treatment
Treatment Method for Internal Illnesses：Chinese Medicine is mainly used to healing the internal illnesses. Traditional type of Chinese Medicine is herbs, now some TCM Practitioners give patients powder which is easy to take and carry. However herbs is still better than powder in term of effects. To satisfy patients need, “CMC” provide two kinds of Chinese Medicine for patients choose.
Herbology. The practice of cocktailing an agglomeration of medicinal herbs and the fundamentals to many of the modalities applied in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Herbology mixing requires immense experience and knowledge, as such, a significant differential quality between a competent TCM practitioner and an amateur. Additionally, in TCM, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The equilibrium and synergy of the herbs prescribed for different individuals are the greatly analysed and has attributed to the success of TCM today.
Chinese herbology amalgamate ingredients from all the different parts of a plant – leaves, stems, flowers, roots, and may also integrate ingredients from animals or minerals. A relief to us all, the uproar of controversies in the usage of endangered species’ body parts in Chinese herbology has resulted in many herbal manufacturers discontinuing the use of animal parts from endangered animals
How does it work?
Each herbal medicine prescription blends one or two main herbs but generally, it is a concoction of an array of potent herbs which are customised to the individual patient. The concomitant herbs are added to adjust the formula to the patient’s Ying Yang. At times, they are necessary to negate the toxicity or side-effects of the main herb(s) and sometimes acting as a catalyst to activate the effects of the brew.
- Common Cold and Flu
- Stomach pain
- liver or kidney problem
- Male sexual dysfunction
- Female gynaecological diseases
- High blood pressure, diabetes, stroke
Categorising Chinese Herbs
There are 4 different methods to classify traditional Chinese herbs:
- The Four Natures (四气 or 四性)
- The Five Tastes (五味)
- The Meridians (归经)
The Four Natures
This method is in reference to the degree of yin and yang – ranging from cold (extreme yin), cool, neutral to warm and hot (extreme yang). The patient’s body equilibrium of yin and yang is evaluated during herb selections. For example, medicinal herbs categorised as “hot”, yang nature are chosen for patients who are suffering from an internal cold, or when one has a general cold constituency. As mentioned, an ingredient may sometimes be added to negative the extreme effect of the main herb.
The Five Tastes
The five tastes identified are pungent, sweet, sour, bitter and salty, respectively having their own unique functions and characteristics. For example, pungent herbs are ingested to promote perspiration and to direct and vitalize internal qi and blood. Sweet herbs aids in the unification of bodily systems. Meanwhile, some sweet-tasting herbs have a bland taste which helps to drain dampness through diuresis. The sour taste is acetic and used for centralising body functions while bitter herbs dissipate heat within the body, stimulating bowels and alleviate dampness by drying them out. Lastly, Salty-tasting herbs liquefy hard masses as well as stimulating and opening up the bowels.
The Meridians pertains to the localised effect of herb on specific organs. For example, menthol is pungent, cool and is linked with the lungs and the liver. Since the lungs is the organ which protects the body from invasion from cold and influenza, menthol can help purge coldness in the lungs and invade heat toxins caused by hot “wind”
Are Chinese herbs dangerous?
Herbs also can be harmful and toxic if misused as many herbs are contraindicated in certain conditions. This is why it is so important to approach an experienced TCM practitioner or herbalist for prescriptions to ensure safe effects of herbs blend to achieve your desired results.
Some herbs may be tainted with pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals or pollutants. We are extremely careful and take extra caution to using only herbs that came from reputable sources which have been tested and certified to be pure and free of any contamination.
How are Chinese herbs used differently from other herbs?
Often than not, western herbs are ingested singly, such as valerian for insomnia, white willow bark for a headache, etc. The composition of the patient’s body and root causes are not always considered. Comparably, TCM evaluates the nature and functions of herbs to balance the patient’s body constitution while alleviating the disorder. Generally, Chinese herbs are used in a mixture to achieve maximum results and efficiency. They are rarely used singly.
Can Chinese herbs replace western drugs or conflict with them?
Chinese herbs are considered as a potent medicine, sometimes out-performing western drugs, and neutralising the possible negative side effects of drugs. It is extremely crucial that you inform us of any medications you are taking such that the prescribed herbs will not contradict with them.
Should I avoid taking Chinese herbs if I am on prescription medication?
You do not have to as TCM can operate well with certain medications. Western doctors may even refer patients to us in support of their treatments, such as in infertility, or relieve the side effects of allopathic treatments such as in chemotherapy. It is vital that all your healthcare practitioners are informed and have approved the combination of treatments.
Are Chinese herbs safe if I am pregnant or a nursing mother?
Yes, Chinese herbs are absolutely safe during pregnancy and for lactating mothers and can offer a solution to alleviating conditions when pharmaceutical drugs are contraindicated. However, you have to be aware that certain herbs are still not recommended during pregnancy. Make sure your practitioner has full knowledge of your condition to ensure the prescription of safe and effective herbs.
Are Chinese herbs appropriate for children?
Usually, TCM is preferred over pharmaceutical drugs as they are much safer and offer excellent results with minimal side effects. While children are prescribed with a reduced dosage, their quick metabolism responds more quickly than adults. There are also anti-viral herbs that effectively treat and prevent the common cold or flu that have no allopathic counterparts.
Are there times when I should not take certain herbs?
It is advisable not to take tonic herbs (Qi, blood, Yin or Yang building herbs) while stricken with a cold, flu or similar illness. It is also not recommended to take cold, bitter herbs over extended periods. All in all, the best strategy is to always consult with your TCM practitioner before starting on a Chinese herb prescription.