HERBAL REMEDIES IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) take a holistic approach to managing pain. The emphasis is on addressing the underlying causes of a patient’s condition rather than merely treating its symptoms. For example, if a patient complains of stomach discomfort, a TCM practitioner may recommend herbal supplements to restore digestive balance along with acupuncture or other procedures to relieve the pain.

HERBS PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN TCM

Herbal remedies are a type of treatment that uses plants or plant extracts to address health issues or promote wellness. Herbal medicine plays a crucial role in TCM. Herbs are prescribed to restore balance within the body, regulate Qi (vital energy), support health, and treat various ailments.

Ginseng, licorice root, astragalus, dong quai, ginger, garlic, turmeric, and peppermint are just a few of the herbs used in TCM. TCM herbal remedies treat a wide range of health conditions, including colds and flu, digestive issues, anxiety, skin conditions, and inflammation. They also support overall health and wellness, such as boosting the immune system or improving sleep quality.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HERBS USED IN TCM

In TCM, there are five types of herbs:

  • Tonic herbs strengthen the body and improve overall health. Examples include ginseng (Ren Shen) and astragalus (Huang Qi).
  • Clearing Herbs clears the body of heat, detoxifies, and reduces inflammation. Examples include goldenseal (Huang Lian) and chrysanthemum (Ju Hua).
  • Harmonizing herbs restores balance to the body. Examples include licorice root (Gan Cao).
  • Dispersing Herbs disperse stagnant energy and promote circulation. Examples include ginger (Sheng Jiang) and cinnamon (Gui Zhi).
  • Moistening herbs improve hydration and treat dryness in the body. Examples include the lily bulb (Bai He).

HOW ARE HERBS ADMINISTERED?

Herbal remedies can be prepared in numerous ways. Herbs are often combined to create special formulas. These formulas can be modified based on changes in the patient’s condition, symptoms, and response to treatment. In addition to being consumed in their raw state, herbal remedies can be administered as:

  • Teas and Infusions
  • Tinctures
  • Powders
  • Capsules, pills, and tablets
  • Ointments and creams
  • Plasters and liniments

Quality is important when it comes to herbal remedies. Herbs should be sourced from reputable suppliers and processed according to high standards. One should consult with a trained TCM practitioner who can provide proper diagnosis and formulation to ensure the safe and effective use of herbal remedies.

RESTORING HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN ORANGE, CA

QualityAcu is a health and wellness clinic in Orange, CA, that’s been providing patients with drug-free TCM-based treatments for over ten years. Licensed acupuncturist Gregory G. Maruki offers personalized treatment plans to patients that combine methods like acupuncture and cupping therapy with a variety of herbal medicines. The goal is to provide effective pain management by restoring balance and energy to the body.

Schedule your appointment today! QualityAcu is conveniently located at 2832 E. Chapman Ave.,. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We accept most forms of insurance. New patients are always welcome.

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