Herbal Medicine consists of the combination of parts from plants, animals or minerals to combine into a safe and effective way to naturally heal without the side effects of harsh drug therapies.
By combining different herbs, you can get the best effect and improvement. When properly combined, herbs can form a synergistic effect that help each other without being toxic.
One of the most important medical books to come out of the Han Dynasty was the ShenNong BenCao Jing. The word cao means “essential herb.” It’s attributed author was a tribal chief named ShenNong. He is famous for ingesting many substances and recording first hand their effects. No one knows for sure who wrote it. It is Known that is was written between the 1st and 2nd century B.C.E and thought to be about 206 B.C.E.. It is considered to be the earliest complete Chinese pharmacopoeia reference.
This book lists a total of 365 Chinese medicines from which:
252 were of plant origin
67 were from animals
47 were from minerals
Each was divided into one of three categories
The Superior category included 120 medicines, which were considered to be non-toxic and contain invigorating effects to preserve vitality or prolong life. One of the most famous herbs in this category is “Ren Shen” (panax ginseng).
The Average category contained 120 medicines which were used to prevent illness and restore the individual’s vitality. However, the medicines listed here containing herbs such as Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) and Ma Huang (ephedra) could sometimes be toxic and should be used carefully for certain ailments.
The Inferior category contained 125 medicines that were considered to be toxic with side effects. They were specifically used for therapeutic purposes to treat diseases. Ba Dou Ke (Croton tiglium) is an example of an herb in this category which helps to relax the bowels, relieve edema (swelling) or eliminate pathogenic phlegm.
Herbal Medicine is but one of many modalities of traditional medicine. This is the only medicine today for which clinical results have been recorded in writing for over 2000 years. The World Health Organization estimates that more people worldwide use acupuncture than any other form of healthcare.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine view you as an energy system in which mind, body and spirit are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Based on thousands of years of clinical results, it has been scientifically documented that this energy (qi) flows through channels or meridians that flow through you at 6 levels, effecting everything between your exterior (defensive nature; ie. skin, pores, breath) and inner most self (ie. the 5 souls).
As long as this energy flows freely throughout your channels health is maintained. But once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and then pain and illness occur.
With Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM), your body is viewed much like a garden. In order for health to flourish and disease to be overcome, we must tend to our bodies. Balanace in a person’s life as a whole must be regained and maintained. The key to treating illness is by creating wellness. Why is it that, in our society, we take better care of our cars or family more than ourselves?
Think about it for a moment: would you wait until your car ran out of gas to take it to the station for refilling? Would you not bother maintaining it with regular oil checks and tune ups and just let it fall apart before making an effort to care for it? Of course not. Then why do we do that with something so much more precious – our health and our well-being?
Imagine that we have many streams flowing throughout our body that carry our vital substances which include blood, body fluids, nerve signals, heart rate and other energetic life forces know as qi.
Now picture a big boulder sitting in the middle of one of the steams. On one side of the boulder, the vital substances accumulate, whereas, on the other side there is a lack of vital substances.
These blockages come from many different causes. They can be from external pathogens or forces like wind, cold, damp or heat. Most commonly experienced are pathologies such as a cold, flu and allergies. They can also come from internal sources which stem from poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and emotional constraints such as anger, fear. shock, sadness, stress, and trauma.
The acupuncture needle basically removes the boulder (blockage) and allows the free flow of vital substances once again. The body is now in balance and harmony. In essence, acupuncture treats the root cause of a disease and not just the symptoms.