Herbal Medicine

History of Chinese Herbal Medicine
The first known Chinese herbalist, dating back to 1st century C.E., composed a manual called the Shennong Bencao Jing containing 365 medicines.
Since then, herbal medicine has expanded greatly in terms of knowledge, theory, and practice as illnesses that afflict humankind have evolved.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a complete medical system which continues to play a fundamental part in hospitals and clinics around the world.

How Does Chinese Herbal Medicine Work?
In contrast to Western medications, Chinese Herbal Medicine places a greater emphasis on the balance and interaction of many ingredients as opposed to the effects of the individual ingredients themselves.
Chinese herbal remedies usually consist of one or two main ingredients along with many other ingredients which adjust according to the specific condition of the patient.
Some ingredients are needed to cancel out the toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients while other ingredients may be needed as a catalyst in order for the remedy to work. Because this is such a complicated process, a great amount of experience and knowledge is required.
The key to the success of Chinese herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine in general is the treatment of the patient as a complete person as opposed to just treating a specific sickness.

What Does Chinese Herbal Medicine Treat?
Chinese herbal medicines are used to treat all kinds of ill health for people of all ages and constitutions.
Some of the most common and popular uses of Chinese herbal medicine in the West have been:
Digestive problems
Respiratory conditions
Immunity disorders
Childrens diseases
Skin diseases