For the past four years, I've been studying to become a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Although I didn't know much about herbs before starting this program, I was blown away by the power of Chinese herbal medicine. There are hundreds of different herbs that have been used effectively for thousands of years to treat nearly every condition you can imagine. Keep reading to learn more about the wonders of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
A Treasure Trove of Medicinal Substances
The Chinese herbal pharmacy is a vast collection of over 400 medicinal substances including plants, animals, insects, and minerals. These substances are commonly combined into complex formulas, and can be used to treat a wide range of conditions from the common cold to malaria, cardiovascular disease, menopause, and so much more.
Ancient Wisdom That Has Stood The Test Of Time
Chinese herbal medicine has been used to treat illness for thousands of years. Its power and efficacy has stood the test of time. The earliest documentation of the Chinese herbal pharmacy, titled Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica, was written in the 2nd century A.D. Through a long history of careful observation and clinical trial and error, this ancient knowledge has been passed down through generations.
Creating Innovation In Modern Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is no joke. Western science is just beginning to catch on to the medicinal power of these herbs. In 2015, Chinese scientist Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work in extracting artemisinin - a chemical compound from sweet wormwood that treats malaria and has saved millions of lives. She turned to ancient Chinese texts to learn how sweet wormwood could be used to treat malaria, and has referred to her discoveries as "a gift from Traditional Chinese Medicine to the world."
Finding The Right Herbs For You
While Chinese herbs are relatively gentle and safe, they are powerful medicinal substances and should not be taken recklessly. You can talk to a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine about how herbal medicine might benefit you. It is especially important to use caution when taking Chinese herbs in combination with other drugs. Always buy herbs from a reputable source, and be sure to consult with your doctor. While pharmaceutical drugs have their place, Chinese herbal medicine excels at preventing disease and managing long-term chronic illness.