Ten Herbs Used in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine uses hundreds of natural herbs to treat a wide range of ailments. These are the top ten herbs used in chinese herbal medicine.

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are many approaches to health and wellness. Acupuncture and cupping are two examples. Herbal remedies are another.

Herbal therapy plays a big part in TCM. Many herbs contain ingredients that promote healing and wellness. These herbs can be used to address a wide range of health issues, including pain and inflammation, stress, insomnia, and poor gut function.

For thousands of years, people in China and around the world have used herbs to address a variety of ailments. It’s a scientific fact that plants produce compounds that can affect our health. Many of today’s modern medications, such as aspirin, are derived in part from plant compounds.

Ten Common Herbs Used in TCM

There are hundreds of herbs used by TCM practitioners. Rather than list them all, we’re going to take a look at the ten most common herbs used in Chinese herbal medicine.  Most of these herbs can be found at your local supermarket; for others, you may have to consult with an experienced herbalist:

Ginseng (Ren Shen) is used to combat fatigue, strengthen the immune system, boost energy, and support mental clarity.

Known for its immune-boosting properties, Astragalus (Huang Qi) supports the body’s defensive energy (Wei qi), increases vitality, and enhances resistance to external pathogens.

Gingko Biloba (Yin Xing) improves blood circulation to the brain to support memory, cognitive function, and overall mental clarity.

Commonly used to enhance the effects of herbal formulas, Licorice Root (Gan Cao) is often added to balance the energies of other herbs as well as support the digestive system.

Cinnamon (Rou Gui) is often used to warm the body, improve circulation, and promote healthy digestion.

Considered to be the “king” of mushrooms, Reishi Mushrooms (Ling Zhi) is used to enhance vitality, calm the mind and combat stress, and support the immune system.

Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) is used to treat menstrual irregularities and promote healthy blood and blood circulation.

An adaptogenic herb that helps the body cope with stress and enhance endurance, Schisandra (Wu Wei Zi) is used to support liver health, improve mental function, and promote vitality.

Milk Thistle (Shui Fei Ji) is used to support liver health and function and aid in detoxification.

Known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, Coptis (Huang Lian) is used to treat digestive and skin issues.

Consult with an Experienced TCM Herbalist Before Starting Any Herbal Therapy

It’s best to consult with an experienced TCM herbalist before starting any herbal therapy. While many herbs can be helpful, others can have negative effects if we consume the wrong types or the wrong amount. An herbalist can advise you on the best quantities you need to achieve your goals as well as direct you to sources of safe, quality natural herbs and supplements.

TCM takes a holistic approach to treating ailments, one that focuses on the balance of qi (vital energy) and the interaction between the body’s systems. In addition to herbal remedies, other techniques, such as acupuncture and tai chi, may be recommended to achieve health and well-being.

Orange County Traditional Chinese Medicine

If you live in Orange County and are interested in learning how acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other TCM methods can help you achieve health and wellness contact Orange County TCM specialist Dr. Gregory G. Maruki at Quality Acu. Dr. Maruki provides safe, effective acupuncture, cupping, and other TCM treatments to patients in Orange County, CA. You can get in touch with us through our website or call us at 714-532-2827 to schedule an appointment.

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