What can Chinese herbal medicine treat?
“Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats a number of issues and approaches treating ailments from a holistic perspective. A variety of symptoms are treatable such as pain, IBS, colitis, infertility, neuropathy, arthritis, insomnia, stress and depression. TCM can treat chronic and/or acute problems as well.”
Does Chinese herbal medicine really work?
Critics argue that there is no physiological evidence that qi or meridians exist, and scant evidence that TCM works. There have been just a handful of cases in which Chinese herbal treatments have proved effective in randomized controlled clinical trials. One notable product that has emerged from TCM is artemisinin.
How does Chinese herbal medicine work?
Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbs are prescribed to restore energy balance to the opposing forces of energy – Yin and Yang – that run through invisible channels in the body.
How long does Chinese herbal medicine take to work?
In acute cases, results can be seen almost immediately. In chronic cases, some results should be seen within two weeks, even though long term usage of Chinese herbs is often required.
Does Chinese herbal medicine have side effects?
Some Chinese herbal products have been contaminated with toxic compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, and microorganisms and may have serious side effects. Manufacturing errors, in which one herb is mistakenly replaced with another, also have resulted in serious complications.
What are Chinese health beliefs?
Health may be viewed as finding harmony between complementary energies such as cold and hot, dark and light. These forces are called yin and yang. Most Chinese actually are very comfortable with duality between western and traditional Chinese health beliefs.
Is there any science behind Chinese medicine?
There is no scientific evidence for traditional Chinese concepts such as qi, meridians, and acupuncture points. The TCM theory and practice are not based upon scientific knowledge, and there is disagreement between TCM practitioners on what diagnosis and treatments should be used for any given person.
How long do Chinese herbs take to work for fertility?
A typical course of treatment for enhancing fertility involves taking medicinal herbs daily for at least 3 months, roughly the time of a complete cycle of maturation of both eggs and sperm.
How many Chinese herbs are there?
Unlike other traditional herbal therapies across the world, traditional Chinese herbal therapy is characterized by the use of a large number of multi-herb formulae (the combination of several herbs in a single formula). A recent publication based on medical classics lists nearly 100 000 multi-herb formulae (3).
Can I mix Western and Chinese medicine?
Can I receive Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment while taking western medicine? In most cases, there is no conflict between these two treatments. TCM focuses on the cause of disease and improving body constitution. Integrating traditional Chinese and western medicine increases efficacy.
Why do Chinese believe in traditional medicine?
Chinese people believe in TCM because of its long history of usage, traditions, faith, popularity, and related anecdotes. Most Chinese people prefer traditional Chinese remedies to Western remedies because they believe TCM have fewer side effects and a recuperative effect on the body.
How good is Chinese medicine?
Acupuncture is a component of TCM commonly found in Western medicine and has received the most study of all the alternative therapies. Some herbal treatments used in TCM can act as medicines and be very effective but may also have serious side effects.
How much do Chinese herbs cost?
A month’s supply of herbs cost between $30 and $50. The cost of TCM herbal medicines ranges from just pennies to dollars per dose. Moreover, some “prescriptions” are just for one or two doses (for example using yin qiao for treating a wind-heat pattern of the common cold) and will cost about 50 cents.
Do Chinese herbs work for anxiety?
Acupuncture, herbs, dietary therapy, qi gong, and tai chi are all useful for treating depression and anxiety. No matter if you choose acupuncture or herbs, or use them both, one should always be eating healthfully and exercising. Chinese dietary therapy can help identify the best foods for a particular constitution.