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Uses of Herbs in Chinese Medicine

Publish Date : 1/18/2005 4:40:00 AM   Source : Health Section

Traditional Chinese Medicine acknowledges the use of herbs. According to TCM any herb can aid or cure a complaint. More than 50,000 medicinal herbs are recorded in China, but only a small fraction is in use not more than 200 herbs.

There are five flavors familiar with herbs. Bitter herbs remove heat from the body, cure coughing, vomiting, help constipation and are good for the heart. Sweet herbs are beneficial for the spleen, pain reduction and restoring harmony and energy. Pungent herbs aid circulation, the lungs and mild ailments. Sour herbs aid the liver, used to treat diarrhoea and prevent pus. Salty herbs also aid constipation, for the thyroid, abdominal and kidney problems.

A person’s voice, breathing and or cough will aid the practitioner in identifying disorders. A too high voice and or an abrupt major cough will signify excess. A weak quiet voice and/or with a weak cough signifies deficiency. Losing your voice or croakiness can signify either deficiency or excess. Wheezing indicates dampness. Two odors indicate the presence of disorder. A foul odor from a discharge indicates heat and excess. Less of an odor signifies cold or deficiency.

TCM considers seasonal weather, geographical location, environment and personal (age, sex, temperament and customs) aspects. Summer’s humidity will most likely initiate diseases due to dampness. Combine herbs for summer diseases with herbs removing dampness. Do not use drying herbs during cold and dry weather.

But these herbs should be used under the guidance of a good practitioner as some herbs are harmful, if taken in excess.

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