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Chinese herbal Medicine

The traditional Chinese materia medica have been increasing in number throughout the last

two thousand years. This increase has resulted from integration of substances into the official

tradition from both China's folk medicine as well as from other parts of the world , such as

India and the Middle East. The initial eleven medical works from China ,that were recovered

from a tomb in 1973, date back to a burial date of 168 B.C. The material,which was written

on silk, appears to have been composed before the end of the third century B.C.

Throughout the history of traditional Chinese medicine there have been many different

methods of classifying the ways in which medicinal substances can be used singly as well

as in combination. There are classifications based upon disease, pattern, symptom complex,

etiology,form of application ( e.g., externally applied or internally ingested ), type of

medicine ( gynecology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, etc.), Organ, treatment strategy, and

composites of the above.


The cultivation, harvesting,selection,storage and discernment of quality also plays a very

important part in Chinese medical herbology. Herbs of all types, including those from China,

are composed of a multitude of ingredients whose interactions with the body are exceedingly

complex. A high level of sophistication of knowledge is required to prescribe and use them

properly.


During an herbal consultation, we evaluate the patients current condition as well as their

constitutional type. Chinese herbs will be prescribed in pill form or loose herbs, which can

be cooked into a tea. Western herbs can be added to smoothies or cooking , cooked into a

tea, or taken as a tincture. Most herbs can be made into a salve or compress for external

application.

Everywhere in creation, trees, plants, animals and gems , there are mysterious healing

forces, which no person can know , unless they are revealed to him by God”

St. Hildegard von Bingen


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