Herbal medicine is one of the more important treatments used in traditional Chinese medicine. An herbal medicine prescription is often a combination of many herbs with one or two main ingredients that target the illness and other ingredients that individualize the formula to the patient’s specific condition. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out side effects of the main ingredients and some herbs require the use of other ingredients as a catalyst. The balance and interaction of the herbs are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients.
Herbal medicine often incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants, such as the leaf, stem, flower, root, and also ingredients from animals and minerals. Only materials known to be safe and effective are used today. Endangered species and toxic substances have been discontinued from use.
Chinese herbal medicine is extremely effective and safe though requires a considerable amount of training to understand its complexities and uses. Because medicinal herbs are whole substance rather than isolated compounds, they naturally contain properties that mitigate possible side effects. Chinese herbal medicine can safely be taken in conjunction with pharmaceutical drugs under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. You should also notify your prescribing physician of your desire to include herbal medicine or supplements into your health care plan.
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Also remember: do not prescribe any kind of medication to yourself if you are not trained to do so!
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