Wonders of Chinese Herbs

Updated: December 27, 2012

Chinese herbs feed, regulate and cleanse your body naturally.

The ancient wisdom of Chinese Herbs has a certain mystique that is the result of a tradition of continuous use for more than five thousand years.

These Chinese herbs are called herbal medicine and are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches.

chinese herbsChinese herbs are the vital part of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, an ancient school of Chinese medicine practices and concepts. These herbs are packed with great potency to combat several life-threatening diseases and promote proper well being without the use of any artificial material. The core idea behind the use of Chinese herbs and traditional Chinese approach to healthy living is living in accord with the nature and environment. The knowledge of Chinese herbs and their healing powers and remedies has been passed down the lineage for ages and today it has become one of the most valuable and greatest gifts to mankind from the lands of China.

TCM approach to health is very different from the other scientific approaches in this field. Experts believe that a healthy body possesses perfect balance of two life forces, yin and yang or Qi energy and any imbalance in these forces of body and spirit could open gates for illness and health disorders. Chinese herbs play a major role in realigning the yin and yang balance in an individual which will, in turn, improve overall health and well being. For centuries, these herbs had been into use either in the form of medication or cooking food. It is believed that around 4000 years ago there was the first Chinese herbalist, Shennong, who discovered a large variety of these herbs and himself tasted hundreds of them to know about their healing and poisonous nature. He imparted his knowledge to the farmers and wrote the oldest book of Chinese herbal medication, Shennong Ben Cao Jing. Although he was a mythical figure, he is worshipped like god by the Chinese people even today.

Categorization of Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs are categorized in various different ways which are followed by herbal practitioners and scholars. These include:

  • The Four Natures- Hot, warm, cool and cold are the four natures of Chinese herbs. The first two are used for the treatment of cold diseases while the last two benefits in heat diseases.
  • Function- There are more than 2000 Chinese herbs known to mankind which are categorized into 20 specific functions they serve.
  • The Five Flavors- The five flavors or tastes of these herbs are salty, sour, sweet, bitter and pungent. Few of them may not have any flavor or a blend of two or more. These flavors correspond to each of the five phases of body that are responsible for perfect well being.
  • The Meridians- Chinese herbs act upon the meridians of the body for healing and prevention from diseases which are associated with the zang organ.

Benefits of Chinese Herbs

Ginger, Licorice, Feverfew, Goji Berry, Spirulina, Reishi, Vitex, Fenugreek, Milk Thistle, Aloe Vera, Astragalus, Dong Quai and Cordyceps are few out of thousands of Chinese herbs known and used in Chinese medicinal practices and therapies. These herbs are highly potent in effect and balance the overall requirement of the body by reducing what is excess (toxins etc.) and inducing what is in scarce (hormones, juices etc.). They can be beneficial in inducing perspiration, reducing extra heat, cold sensation and dampness from the body, inducing proper bowel movement, promoting digestion and treating cough. Many of these can be used for inducing vomiting or stopping it, for external applications, reducing anxiety and regulating life energy in the body. These also help in inner body purification and have the power to treat even the deadliest diseases like cancers.

Looking at the vast array of benefits and uses of Chinese herbs, they are now being accepted as complementary or sole treatment worldwide for many ailments and health conditions. These are natural and can be helpful in many ways the only thing you need to know is which one is best for the condition. Now you need to spend thousands of dollars on allopathic medication when you have the safe, easy, effective and cheaper remedy for keeping healthy and relaxed.

Brad ClooneyWritten by: Brad Clooney (11 Posts)

Brad is fitness trainer and writer working on LA .

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