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10 Herbs Used In Traditional Chinese Medicine

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10 Herbs Used In Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine has been used to help heal for centuries. One of the most common practices in traditional Chinese medicine is the use of herbal products.  Healing herbs are herbs that are used to help improve the body and overcome certain medical conditions. 

We mostly associate herbal therapy with Chinese medicine specifically but in truth, these natural remedies are often prescribed by modern medicine. Lots of western medications are manufactured from plant extracts but unlike Chinese medicine, these medications often contain elements that are not quite as healthy for your body.

Many years of research went into identifying herbs that offer medical benefits without any negative side effects. Today more than 300 herbs are commonly used in Chinese herbology. TCM experts need to study these herbs in depth so they can prescribe the right herbal combinations to help treat specific conditions.

Many of the herbs used in Chinese medicine are very common in your everyday life but many are hard to find and that need to be imported from other countries. Here is a quick look at common medicinal herbs. 

  • Chamomile

Chamomile herbs are made from the chamomile flower. This herb is used to reduce inflammation and swelling and is especially popular for treating anxiety and stress. Chamomile can be consumed as a tea or used as a compress but users should be cautious since the herb can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb other medications.

  • Echinacea

This herbal medicine is made of the leaf, stalk, and root of the Echinacea plant. It is used to treat or prevent colds, flu, and infections. 

  • Feverfew

This herbal medicine is made of the leaves of the feverfew plant. It is most commonly used to treat fevers and can be helpful in preventing migraines and arthritis. Feverfew does, however, have some side effects such as mouth ulcers and digestive irritations and therefore should be taken along with other herbal medicines.

  • Garlic

This popular herb also offers healing benefits since it assists in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure levels and is even considered to reduce your chances of getting cancer.

  • Ginger

Ginger roots are very popular in baked treats but this herb can also be used to relieve nausea in pregnancy or during chemotherapy. 

  • Gingko

Ginkgo leaf extract is used to treat a variety of medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, fatigue and more. It can also assist in boosting memory and prevent dementia. It is very important to purchase Gingko from reliable sources because while the leaves offer medical benefits, the seeds of this plant could cause seizures.

  • Ginseng

Ginseng root is considered as a vitality herb that can improve your overall quality of life. It can help treat many conditions but should be avoided if you have some medical conditions such as diabetes or if you are consuming certain medications.

  • Valerian

Valerian root is used to treat sleeplessness and to reduce anxiety. Valerian is also used as flavouring in food and beer.

  • Saint John’s wort

The flower or leaf of this plant is used to combat depression but this medication cannot be used with other commonly found medicines. 

It is important to note that all ‘natural’ products are not always safe products. Using the wrong herbs could affect your body negatively. For example; those with low blood pressure levels can become dizzy when they consume black pepper supplements since black pepper thins the blood. It is always best to consult with a TCM expert before using herbal therapies for healing. At Evergreen CMC we can offer you the best advice on the right herbs to take to help improve your health or to treat specific medical conditions.

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