Chinese Herbs are powerful plants used to promote and maintain health and to prevent and treat disease. The herbs are used based on their flavour (i.e. pungent, sweet, bitter, sour, and salty) and natural properties (i.e. cold or hot, cool or warm, rising or falling, floating or sinking). The herbs’ flavour and natural properties are used to rectify imbalances, strengthen weakness, improve energy, release toxins, and to regulate the function of internal organs.
Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 2,000 BC. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care.
Chinese herbs are usually used in combinations and raw forms in order to be more effective and establish balance in the body. They are rarely used singly. Combination is more effective and may have fewer side effects.
Herbs acts gently by supporting systems and processes that have become deficient and helps to remove excesses in the body in order to restore the natural balance. There are about 600 different herbs in common use today.
In KindCrae Medical Center, after consultation with our doctors, a recipe will be prescribed according to the individual patient. The herbs will be boiled in water for a period of time, with the subsequent decoction reduced to concentrate the active ingredients which is then consumed as a liquid tea. It is also available in a capsules or pill form.
What Can Chinese Herbs Treat?
Chinese Medicine can understand and treat all forms of ill health. The results that can be expected and the length of treatment required will depend on the severity of the disease, its duration and the general health of the patient. Chinese Herbal Medicine is mostly popular for its effects on:
- Immune treatment for cancer between the chemotherapy
- Skin disease/acne, eczema
- Gynecology/ premenstrual syndrome/ menopausal symptoms
- Digestive complaints/ irritable bowel syndrome
- Respiratory conditions/ chronic coughing, asthma
- Disorders of the immune system
- Pain management
- Psychological problems
- Children’s diseases
- Anti aging
- Chronic fatigue
Decoction: The most common and effective method of taking TCM herbs is as a decoction. Herbs prescribed by TCM doctors are boiled for a certain period of time and then strained and drunk 2 times per day.