Chinese herbal medicine is a nature-based science that uses whole herbs with all their natural properties intact – a science that has been meticulously studied and refined for thousands of years.
While most pharmaceuticals are relatively new to us – and to our bodies – Chinese herbal formulas have been prescribed by physicians throughout the ages, based on volumes of successful clinical outcomes. Although prescription drugs are helpful in special circumstances, side effects are common because of their difficulty assimilating to our natural physiology. Chinese herbal medicine, in contrast, works with our bodies.
There are many legends of Chinese physicians living beyond a typical human lifespan. Both the Taoist alchemists – in search of elixirs to achieve immortality, and the ancient medicine scholars – treating emperors and peasants alike, ingested substances found in nature to observe their therapeutic effect.
The 52-volume Ben Cao Gang Mu is one such famous text that documents the properties of each root, bark, leaf and other material, including its taste, temperature, and affinity for certain organs in the body.
Rarely was a single herb prescribed – since its dominant nature in the body was considered unbalanced and could therefore create a disharmony that could lead to side effects or worsen the patient’s condition.
Modern versions of the Chinese Materia Medica are continuously updated with critical information on drug-herb and herb-supplement interactions, ensuring that herbal formulas are safely prescribed by licensed practitioners.
With volumes of documented cases over countless generations, Chinese herbal medicine continues to provide safe, natural, and effective treatment for virtually any health concern.
A number of highly reputable herbal manufacturers exist in the U.S. today, supplying licensed practitioners with safe, effective herbal products. Rigorous testing is the standard.
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