Chinese Herbal Medicine

Tracings, Janet Fredericks. www.janetfredericks.com

Chinese herbal therapy is one of the pillars of Chinese Medicine and offers an important way to understand "medicine".

Whereas Western drugs often control symptoms, they do not alter the disease process (antibiotics eliminate bacteria but do not improve a person's resistance to infection; diuretics rid excess fluid without enriching kidney function). Chinese herbs treat the underlying condition and have a balancing or regulating effect on the body, and rarely cause unwanted side effects.

Different parts of plants such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds are used based on their action in the body. They are usually combined into formulas and can be taken as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders.

Chinese herbs along with dietary changes are exceptional for both acute ailments and chronic imbalances such as allergies, gynecological disorders, respiratory problems, and pain syndromes.

I am always pleased to converse with medical doctors regarding the use of herbal therapy alongside of or in lieu of pharmaceuticals.

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