Chinese herbs are in a way an ancient tradition that we have inherited and which must be used with full wisdom and that too with caution. Although acupuncture has been well known to the west as a practice of traditional Chinese medicine, the zone of Chinese herbs has largely been hidden from the outside world. Herbology is one of the most important sections in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not only include shrubs or plants but also includes a fair deal of minerals, shells, animals and even insects.
According to Chinese beliefs, each person has a particular energy and similarly, there is certain energy in every herb. When these energies match it helps to restore a person’s health. Herbs are given to individuals depending upon their Qi and Blood energy.
The energy of Chinese herbs has been observed by skilled Buddhist and Chinese physicians over the ages. These physicians take a single substance and through Qigong (i.e. exercises) and meditation, would feel the energy of the substances. Thus the herbs are classified into the different energy zones, by the physicians.
Each herb is essentially a collection of many individuals tailored for individual patients. The physicians, in general design a remedy using the main ingredients for the illness but supplement it with many other herbs just to maintain the correct energy levels and cancel out any side-effects for the particular individual .Henceforth, unlike in the West, the balance of all the ingredients is given ample importance. Another feature adding to its advantage is that in TCM treatment of each patient is as an individual.
Although the number of Chinese herbs and their advantages are countless, some of the popular herbs like xiao yao wan, Bi Yan , Gan Mao Ling, Ling Zhi Reishi(the miracle herb)and Yin Chiao (yin chiao chieh tu pien)not only cure illnesses but also play a major role in the normal well being of the patient. These herbs help to regulate energy, relieve stress, clear heat and toxins, help build body strength and immunity and are really effective in day to day illnesses like flu and cold.
It is high time that the importance of such exotic practices be understood and brought to the use of mankind.