Chinese medicine has become extremely popular in the past years, even if its techniques have been used for thousands of years. Patients and even doctors all around the world have started to understand its positive effects, which is why it has become the ideal alternative to traditional medicine. In order to provide help and cure for as any diseases as possible, Chinese experts have developed a series of practices aiming to recover wellbeing and restore their patients’ health. Although years ago, people were still reluctant, nowadays treatments such as tai chi, acupuncture, massage or herbal medicines are very common. The last one is maybe the most similar to traditional medicine, even if the “drugs” are actually made of plants and other natural substances. It is part of the integrated Chinese system of primary health care, having its roots in the Eastern regions of Asia. This method has a great history, dating from at least 5000 years ago, when ancient quacks living in Asia used plats to relieve various symptoms and cure different diseases. Taking this into consideration, it can be said that herbal Chinese medicine is one of the oldest and persistent health care in the world.
Needless to say that technological development has brought some changes to TCM and herbal medicine: while ages ago these only consisted in teas or broths, nowadays these make use of pills, powders or capsules, such as Jinkui Shenqi Wan. All these “drugs” use natural solutions and you must know that there are more than 450 substances that can be often found in Chinese medicines. Given the fact that it is called “herbal”, you may think that it only uses plant extracts, but this is not completely true: besides plants and their derivatives, other common agents are taken from minerals or even animal products. You may not be aware, but some of the items used to make medicines can be even found around your household: cinnamon, ginger and garlic – to mention but a few. In addition to these, you may also have some raw materials in your garden, because peony and chrysanthemum also have therapeutic effects, if used properly. As you can see, if you were thinking that things are complicated, this is not true! Do not let yourself fooled by the Chinese names, such as chai hu (bupleurum), di huang (rehmannia), and huang qi (astragalus), because the solutions are often used in day to day life. Medicines such as Wuzi Yanzong Wan consist in many agents aiming to eliminate dysfunctions of the kidney, all of them being naturally obtained.
In the past years, some of the most traditional elements have been replaced with others that have similar actions. The rudimentary methods developed into becoming almost a science – a genuine holistic treatment for a wide selection of illnesses and dysfunctions. Despite the constant skepticism, people all over the world, regardless their culture, social background, religion or beliefs, are willing to try Chinese herbal medicine to cure their health problems.
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