Is Chinese Medicine superior than modern medicine treatment?
- Chinese Medicine is considered to be alternative medicine in the United States, it does not fall within the realm of what is considered to be conventional medicine.
- The conventional pharmaceutical drugs in the States is quicker to show effects than Chinese medicine. However, it normally comes with a full list of fine printed side effects, some among which can be severe. Chinese medicine is much mild in comparison and may require longer time to reach the same results, but with little or sometime no side effects.
- While pharmaceutical and technological approaches to medicine rely on isolated testing scenarios, which often fail to translate into the same amount of successes outside of the lab, in healing of real people suffering from complex and multi-faceted conditions. Chinese herbal formulas are based on standard, classical prescriptions that have been tried and tested through millenniums of clinical use, and are modified to fit the individual needs of the patient.
- It continues to complement conventional medicine on areas which conventional medicine is researching without an definite treatment for. It is also great for patients whose symptoms are eith economically prohibitive or not-profitable-enough for the governing board modern pharmaceutical manufacturers.
- Certian patients are informed by their primary physician onthe prospect of having to remain on the prescribed medicine for long term or even life time, especially certain chronic conditions. With the help of herbal medicine, patients with certain symptoms may begin reducing the amount of prescribed medicine and or become completely off the prescribed drug and symptom free.
What is the raw materials?
There are roughly 13,000 medicinals used in China and over 100,000 medicinal recipes recorded in the ancient literature. Plant elements and extracts are by far the most common elements used.
There are over three hundred herbs that are commonly being used today. The most commonly used herbs are Ginseng (人参, 人參, rénshēn),wolfberry (枸杞子), Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis, 当归, 當歸, dāngguī),atractylodes (白术, 白朮, báizhú), bupleurum (柴胡, cháihú), cinnamon (cinnamon twigs (桂枝, guìzhī) and cinnamon bark (肉桂, ròuguì)), ginger (姜, 薑, jiāng), hoelen (茯苓, fúlíng), licorice (甘草, gāncǎo), ephedra sinica (麻黄, 麻黃, máhuáng), peony (white: 白芍, báisháo and reddish: 赤芍, chìsháo), rehmannia (地黄, 地黃, dìhuáng), rhubarb (大黄, 大黃, dàhuáng), and salvia (丹参, 丹參, dānshēn). These are just a few of the herbs.
Can I take Chinese herbal medicine together with my presciption drugs?
You CAN NOT take your herbal medicine & your prescribed pills at the same time. Certain ingredents may interact with each other. The combination of herbal medicine and other pharmaceutical products may become poisonous, besides reducing intended effects. Generally, herbal medicine can't be taken within 4 hours of other pharmaceutical products and vice versa. For more information, please consult for professional advice on individual situation.
How to do prepare the herbal medicine?
Traditionally, a special glazed clay herb cooker is used but any ceramic, stainless steel, or glass pot will do. Place the herbs in water. The water should cover the herbs by about two inches. A good rule of thumb is to have about twice as much water in the pot as herbs. Allow the herbs to soak for 20 minutes. This will facilitate the extraction of the active ingredients during the process of decoction.
Bring the water to a rolling boil. Then, turn down the heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook herbs until two cups (about 400ml) of liquid remains. This usually takes 20-30 minutes. Strain the Tea and Cook the Same Herbs a Second Time. Both times the herbs are boiled down until two cups (about 400ml) of liquid remains. After the second cooking, discard the herbs. The four cups of liquid are combined. If you are taking medication, drink the tea at least 1 hour before or after ingesting your medication to reduce the risk of interactions.
It is common to find the taste of the tea disagreeable. If you find the taste is unpalatable, we may make the herbal medicine into capsules.
I don't want to spend the time to prepare the medicine, can you give them to me in capsules?