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Chinese Herbal Medicine | Sujaan M. Grimson

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great healing systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Throughout history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.

Because of its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness, it has for centuries had a very great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare in China, and is provided in hospitals alongside western medicine.

Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.

Chinese herbs can be used by people of any age or constitution. A Chinese herbalist takes all previous as well as current complaints and medication(s) into account before prescribing herbs to you. With suitable adjustments for dosage, anyone, including children, can be treated by Chinese herbal medicine.

People don’t have to cook herbs now, they are predecocted, dehydrated, and pressed into pellets, or granules, making it easy for patients to carry with them.

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