Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal medicine is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which also includes the practice of acupuncture and Tuina (massage). Herbal medicine has been used in China for centuries and is backed by a long and rich history of development, use and research.
Chinese herbal medicine is unique in that the diagnosis and treatments are based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. The common cold, for example, may be diagnosed as “wind-cold invasion” and herbs which dispel wind and warm cold may be prescribed. Herbs administered within Chinese herbal medicine are usually raw and cooked into a tea, in a powder form and taken with hot water or in a pill form.
While a Western doctor sees a cold as a cold, a CTM practitioner looks at his overall health and well-being. The latter finds out if his patient’s Yin and Yang and his other vital forces are in balance, or if he is deficient in one or the other. In CTM theory, Yin and Yang are the two opposing principles in nature, the former female and negative, the latter male and positive.
The CTM doctor’s prescription addresses the patient’s particular deficiencies. To him, a cold is not just a cold, caused by an external virus. It is also contributed by his own body’s deficiencies, which have left him vulnerable.
By comparison, the CTM language of Yin, Yang and the five elements is too simple and limiting. But the medicinal herbs work wonders, especially when used in combination. They are the best heritage in CTM.