Chinese herbal remedies are among the most popular of all alternative remedies available at the moment. This form of medicine is also known as TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) or Oriental medicine.
In China, herbal remedies are often the first choice rather than an additional form of treatment.
Chinese remedies are designed to help restore balance between the body, spirit, and energy of a person, rather than simply treating individual symptoms.
Chinese Healing Herbs
The list of Chinese healing herbs is vast, and each of them has more than one use, but there are a number that are used regularly.
It is estimated that there are more than 3000 herbs that are regularly used in TCM, and more than 400 different formulations that are available to treat a variety of symptoms.
- Gingko biloba is one of the oldest known Chinese herbal remedies. Unlike other herbs used in Chinese medicine, it is only the leaves of the plant which are used, and the tree is native to China. This plant can help with memory loss, depression, tinnitus, and headaches as well as boosting the circulation of the body. More on the health benefits of gingko biloba.
- Ginseng has also been in use for thousands of years due to its many health benefits. It is considered to be a good source of energy and has the added benefit of being packed with vitamins and minerals. It can be used to boost the immune system, which contributes to overall health. More health benefits of ginseng.
- Green tea is a remedy that has become very popular all over the world but its use originated in China and is used to detoxify the body and provide a boost to the immune system. This is one of the oldest Chinese herbal teas. More of the benefits of green tea.
- Other herbs which are used in traditional Chinese medicine include astragalus and Siberian ginseng. Read more about the benefits of astragalus.
- Each formulation that is created can contain anything between 4 and 12 herbs, and these can be administered in different ways. The formulation is generally one or two herbs which will have a direct impact on the immediate condition, and the rest will be herbs that can support other systems of the body such as the immune system or the organs for maximum benefits.
- Chinese herbal teas are a popular method of use, although some have an acquired taste. Other options include capsules or tinctures, although some remedies are created as a syrup. TCM practitioners will generally do a full assessment of the patient before they prescribe any Chinese herbal remedies, as they will be looking for imbalances throughout the body rather than just the immediate problem.
Considerations for Chinese Herbal Remedies
Those who have been given prescription medication for a specific problem should make their TCM practitioner aware of it so that possible interactions can be taken into consideration.
All TCM practitioners should be licensed, and those who are in doubt should discuss herbal remedies with their doctor too. Some people may experience intolerance or reaction to an herbal remedy, and if this is the case usage should cease immediately and medical assistance should be sought.