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A Bit About Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs

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A Bit About Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs

More than 5000 medicinal substances from plant, animal and mineral are used by TCM herbalists and found in the well-known Materia Medica. Classic texts have been translated and distilled down through rigorous study by students in herbal Masters programs around the globe.

Each herb is studied and separated for their effects on particular vital substances, their resonance with particular organ systems and pathways found throughout the body as well as the pathogenic factors and patterns of disharmony that the substance is known to address. 

Each herb is known for their actions and indications, for specific dosages, contraindications and drug interactions. They are further differentiated by their specific tastes, temperatures in relation to their effect within the body, their directional pull alone and within a formula and also their best partnerships.

Raw Herbs.

Chinese formulations can be prepared in different ways:

* Chinese herbal decoctions: The most traditional method using raw herbs and prepared as a tea. The teas rely strongly on taste as part of the healing value. 

We have a wide array of medicinal Herbal teas.

Herbal granules or powders: Mixed with water to make a tea, these provide a convenient method of preparation and delivery.

We carry Granule and Powdered Herbs.

* Patent formulas/ tea pills: Premade pills or tablets that are helpful when travelling or on the go.

* Syrups: Soothing preparations for coughs or sore throats.

* Lininents, Salves, Compresses, Plasters: For external application.

We carry special plasters from Taiwan.

* Tinctures: Liquid extracts of the raw herbal formulations made most commonly with alcohol or glycerin.

A history behind eastern medicine: traditional Chinese medicine, the first medicine.

The essence of traditional Chinese medicine has always been the most advanced and experienced medicine in the world. Its vast system is full of practical medical technology and proven experiences that have been gradually incorporated into modern medicine; it has knowledge that can impact the direction of future medical development, yet its knowledge is simple enough to fit changing times and varied cultures (1).

The key to successful medicine lies in its efficacy. A popular Chinese saying states “Excellence is from experience.” The foundation of traditional Chinese medicine is based on 5,000 years of practice and experiences. With the founding of a new China in 1949, western medicine in the region also began to play a large role in medical care. As modern (westernized) medicine’s impact increased, it led to the development of “integrative medicine” at the end of the 1950s. Theories, therapeutic principles, technologies, and understanding of the life sciences were elaborated, and the basic structure of traditional Chinese medicine also became more clear. Most importantly, traditional Chinese medicine began to reach a common point with modern medicine. (1)

We are very excited to tell everyone that as of next year, the WHO’s governing body, the World Health Assembly, will adopt the 11th version of the organization’s global compendium – known as the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). For the first time, the ICD will include details about traditional medicines. (2)

Come in to Healing Spring Acupuncture Clinic today for an herbal consultation and be the start of your more balanced lifestyle of prevention over dis-ease.


1.) The Relationship between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine: By Jingcheng Dong, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2013, Article ID 153148, 10 pages https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/153148/

2.) Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world: By David Cyranski, NATURE, VOL 561, 27 SEPTEMBER 2018 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06782-7

Research links:

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Depression: The Research Evidence: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/739716/

Suanzaoren Formulae for Insomnia: Updated Clinical Evidence and Possible Mechanisms: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5811769/,,

Can highly cited herbs in ancient Traditional Chinese medicine formulas and modern publications predict therapeutic targets for diabetes mellitus? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874117339764?via%3Dihub https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29102765

Traditional Chinese medicine formulas for the treatment of osteoporosis: Implication for antiosteoporotic drug discovery. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27180315 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874116302975?via%3Dihub

Salvia miltiorrhiza: an ancient Chinese herbal medicine as a source for anti-osteoporotic drugs. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25109459https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874114005777?via%3Dihub

Danshen diversity defeating dementia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960894X13014145

Chapter Two - Effect of Chinese Herbal Medicine on Alzheimer's Disease: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0074774217300120

Chapter Three - Effect and Mechanism of Chinese Herbal Medicine on Parkinson's Disease:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0074774217300132

Chapter Four - Neurobiology of Chinese Herbal Medicine on Major Depressive Disorder:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0074774217300144

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