Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs
Chinese herbs are an important part of treatment for many individuals.  These herbs perform many functions, such as clearing heat from the body, removing toxins, improving blood circulation, improving energy levels, and helping cough. There are hundreds of herbs available. Chinese herbs include not only leaves, but also bark, roots, stems, minerals, fruits, and seeds.

The herbs can be taken internally in several forms. Tablets containing a combination of several herbs are available. These are easy to take and are swallowed with water.   The herbs may be prescribed as a combination of dried herbs, which are simmered in water to form a tea. The advantage of the tea form is that the herbs used can be mixed in a combination that is individualized according to the symptoms presented. Occasionally the herbs are in a honey-based syrup form. The syrup is usually dissolved in water before drinking.
Chinese Herbs
Herbs may be applied externally for some situations. Herbal liniments or plasters are placed on the skin in cases of bruises, sprains, strains or other injuries. Other herbs are used externally for rashes, warts, insect bites, and other skin conditions.

A particular herb called Artemisia vulgaris or mugwort is used to provide a penetrating heat to the body in a technique known as moxibustion. There are three main methods of applying mugwort. 1). The herb may be in a cigar-like form which is held above the skin. 2). A compacted form may be attached to the handle of the acupuncture needles. 3). A loose herb form may be applied in tiny amounts directly to the skin. In the latter, the mugwort is quickly removed as soon as the patient feels a slight hot sensation. Moxibustion is particularly helpful to warm the joints and relieve pain in cases of osteoarthritis. There are a variety of other uses and forms of this herb.

  1. Cigar form with a green wrapper
  2. Compacted form attached to the stick
  3. Loose form in center
  4. Another compacted form  (placed on skin)

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs