Chinese Herbal Medicine

Combining herbal supplements with acupuncture and other modalities of treatments provide faster and more effective results in resolving the condition and restoring and balancing the bodily function.

What Is Chinese Herbal Medicine

As with all traditional cultures, the knowledge of the therapeutic properties of plants and other natural substances is empirical. This means that the knowledge of their properties and uses is primarily based on human application. Chinese Herbal Medicine has its history of over 2000 years with a herbal materia medica published in 200 BC titled 'Shen Nong Pen T'sao'. The modern Chinese Materia Medica is comprised of hundreds of herbs and descriptions. There are literally hundreds of well-known decoctions and remedies used with these herbal combinations. Chinese Herbal Medicine is well known to be efficacious in correcting imbalances of inharmonious conditions of the body, mind and spirit.

Well known as a major facet of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chinese Herbal Medicine is a diverse, independently recognized body of knowledge with over 2000 years of evolution and improvement. The science and art of TCM is one of the most highly developed clinical systems in the world for analyzing and balancing disharmonious patterns of the body, mind, and spirit with repeated success and consistency. The Chinese herbalist studies numerous herbs and herbal remedies used to correct imbalances as well as promote and maintain good health. They may also recommend an exercise program such as Qi Gong, use other various modalities such as acupuncture plus offer good advice on diet and nutrition.

In the ancient Chinese health system, there was an infrequent need for surgery, unless an emergency arose. In fact, the Chinese did not have a deep understanding of physical anatomy as they do now but primarily used the "meridians" or energy channels in the body as a means for healing. We now know from modern physics that our bodily form is nothing more than a vibrating mass of energy. It is not solid at all, as we might perceive through our senses. The meridians or energetic pathways should transport subtle substances from one organ system to another in a continuous, unobstructed, and perfectly energised flow. But this can only functionally exist if we live a well-balanced, emotionally satisfied life, consuming the right food and drinks, getting adequate exercise, and "personally-tailored" nutritive substances into our body daily. Then we can be almost assured of a long and disease-free life.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the unique systems addressing health and is truly holistic. It takes into account the whole individual and all the organ systems of the body, including the emotions, mind, and spirit. Balance is the objective. If you have a disease, then you are not in balance. And usually, there are many things that need to be addressed. TCM is an energetic system of healing that is over 4000 years old and empirically proven as extremely effective. TCM seeks to maintain or restore a complete, balanced and happy person. Although addressing various disharmonies of the psyche, spirit and organ systems, TCM which includes Chinese Herbal Medicine is usually more concerned about health than it is about disease.

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Helping Infertility With Chinese Herbal Medicines

Herbal medicines can offer a more gentle aid to fertility problems than other help you may seek. Chinese herbal physicians have developed medicines that throughout history have helped women improve their chances of reproducing. They do this by harmonising the endocrine system which regulates the menstrual cycle.

The ovulatory phase or the periovulatory period is referred to when talking about the time surrounding ovulation. The herbs have varying effects. They may be effective on the ovulatory phase but can also regulate mucus secretion or help produce the right levels of progesterone or help stimulate the uterus. The herbs can help with your health and aid fertility in multiple ways at the same time. Chinese herbs that produce phytoestrogenic activity can also benefit the ovaries whilst they impact on the central nervous system. The herbs affect many different parts of the body's own natural processes.

Each herb has its own characteristics and effects. Combining different herbs increases their potency and can also minimise any unwanted effects. The herbs work together to achieve the right results to maximise treatment. One herb is not used alone, a mixture of different herbs will be prescribed and these blends are based on formulas that have been tried and tested for centuries. As an example, Psoralea fruit (Bu Gu Zhi), Chinese Dodder seeds (Tu Si Zi) and Eucommia (Du Zhong) have been found to lower FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone).

You can find Chinese herbs in different forms: dried, capsules, tablets, creams and ointments. The dry herbs are available by prescription from a practitioner. They are incredibly powerful and can be harmful if the same mixture is repeatedly prescribed over a long period of time. Practitioners will alter the formula regularly to create the maximum effect of the medicine and also minimise any risks to your health. The dried herbs are more powerful but they take longer to prepare as they need to be brewed into drinks. They often taste quite bitter because they come from roots, tree bark, tubers, flowers, seeds, and stems of plants.

In China, there are some exotic ingredients used like deer antler and sea-horse but the majority of formulas only contain plant materials. Chinese herbal medicine should not contain any endangered species. There is an overlap with ingredients used for men and women but generally, they will be different. With male infertility, it is usually the case that there is some kind of kidney deficiency and in these cases, kidney tonifying herbs are prescribed like the herbal formula Kidney Qi Pill.

The outcome of a single individual's treatment is not entirely predictable but clinical studies carried out in China show that about 70% of all cases of both male and female infertility treated by Chinese herbs resulted in pregnancy or restored fertility. These statistics include cases of infertility involving amenorrhea, obstruction of the fallopian tubes, absent ovulation, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, low sperm count, non-liquification of semen, and other causes. Due to the greater experience with using herbs in China, the ability to directly combine traditional and modern methods of therapy, and the keenness to consume large doses of herbs, the success rates are probably a little higher than can be achieved in the West currently. However, western practitioners have had many successes in treating infertility.

Once pregnancy is suspected or detected then the fertility herbs are usually discontinued. During pregnancy is it is unlikely that the herbs are necessary. It is more common for Chinese women to carry on taking the herbs during pregnancy if they have a history of miscarriages or seem to be at a high risk of a miscarriage occurring.

There are certain Chinese herbs that can be taken during pregnancy that can help with morning sickness and boost the general health of the expectant mother. It is reported that labour can be eased by the correct combination and application of herbs and acupuncture.

Records mentioning herbal treatment of infertility and miscarriage date back to 200 A.D. and include formulas that are still used today. The aim of traditional Chinese medicine is to steer the body back into balance. Traditional Chinese medicine is holistic; it treats the whole person (mind, body, spirit), not just the illness.

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

Yes, Chinese Herbs are considered very safe when they are prescribed by a practitioner who has had the proper training. Chinese herbal medicines do not have adverse side effects when prescribed properly, in contrast with Western medicine. Allergic reactions seldom occur and do not cause any harm when usage is abruptly halted.


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