How Do Chinese Herbs Work?

Written by: Lisa Forsythe, LAc

Exceedingly well. Chinese Herbs offer safe and effective medicine. Ancient physicians have passed down healing wisdom from countless generations to support wellness all over the world. Let this serve as an introduction to strengthen your confidence in this impressive medicine.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is perhaps the oldest pharmacy in the world. Traditions date back at least 5,000 years, with written documentation dating back 2,000 years. Compare this to the Native American herbal system where written language was introduced only 150 years ago. A great example of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) history is the extremely popular formula known as Liu Wei Di Huang Wan. This most widely used patent formula was developed by Qian Yi over 1,000 years ago. It was originally developed to be administered in pill form.

As the great Sung-dynasty master Wang Che wrote: ‘Medicinal herbs contain the finest energies of mountains and rivers and the purest essences of plants and trees.’ “Herbs thus carry the purest essences and potent energies of nature into the human system, where they do battle with aberrant energies and restore natural balance and harmony” according to Daniel Reid, author of, “The Complete Book of Chinese Health & Healing”. This life force energy is what heals! Nature heals, our bodies get it, and without harmful side effects. All healing comes from within.

Herbs do not provide the quick fix as Western meds seemingly do. However; they treat the root cause of the illness without permanently harming the liver, kidneys, or other organs. Healing time is totally dependent upon the length of dis-ease and overall health status of one’s body. Incorporating acupuncture, as well as food as medicine, work to expedite the healing process.

According to TCM, illness occurs when qi (energy) becomes blocked. This results in malnourished organs; the state of imbalance is experienced as disease. Chinese herbs feed a nutritionally deficient body so it can heal itself. Take for example a neglected house plant. You can’t drown it with water or a pound of fertilizer all at once. When carefully fed it the right amount of water and plant food, it heals itself. Same with medicinal herbs, they restore the body system so symptoms disappear naturally. This is the sign the body’s system is corrected.

Dr. Bo-Shih Ni’s clinics use Chinese herbs meet the most stringent international Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards as set by the U.S. government. Every shipment of herbs are checked by U.S. Customs. They also have successfully passed random and rigorous battery of tests by the FDA. Chinese Herbs are safe, effective, and can work exceedingly well.

Using “whole” food herbs, Chinese Herbalogy treats a myriad of imbalances. Chinese Herbs help alleviate symptoms of anything from AIDS to arthritis, and everything in between. Both preventative and restorative, herbs can be incorporated into anybody’s lifestyle. They can be administered in pill or broth forms. Chinese Herbs can also be integrated with Western medicine or used exclusively to treat many ailments as well as cultivate longevity. Herbs heal!

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”        ~ Chinese Proverb

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