Chinese Herbal Therapy
Herbs have properties that include energy, flavour, and its movement as related to
meridians that it connects to. There are 4 types of energies - cold, cool, warm and hot. Herbs that are cold or
cool are used to treat fever, thirst, sore throat and in general for heat diseases.
Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to treat various diseases and conditions as well as to prevent
illness. Each herb has its own properties and a knowledgeable herbalist or practitioner must be consulted when
herbs are being used.
Chinese Alternative Medicine
Herbs have properties that include energy, flavour, and its movement as related to meridians that it connects
There are 4 types of energies - cold, cool, warm and hot.
Herbs that are cold or cool are used to treat fever, thirst, sore throat and in general for heat diseases.
Herbs that are hot or warm are used to treat limbs that are cold, for cold pain and in general for cold
The 5 flavours of herbs are bitter, pungent, salty, sour or sweet.
Pungent herbs are used to induce sweat and to promote proper circulation of both Qi and blood.
Sweet herbs are used for nourishing deficiency, harmonizing other herbs or to reduce the toxicity of another
herb, to relieve pain and to slow down the progression of acute diseases.
Sour herbs constrict, obstruct and solidify. They can stop sweating, diarrhea, seminal emission and also stop
Salty herbs are used to lubricate the intestines, and to drain them downward. They are used to treat
constipation or diseases like goitre.
Bitter herbs are used to reduce fevers, and to induce bowel movements. They also reduce hot sensations and can
redirect Qi. They are also used to nourish the kidneys and to treat diseases that are deemed to be "damp".
Herbs move in 4 different directions within the body. They can move up towards the head, down towards the lower
limbs or inward toward the zang-fu organs. They can also move outward towards the superficial regions of the
Every herb has a corresponding meridian or more than one meridian to which it responds to. An example is the
herb Gou Teng it corresponds to the liver meridian and is used to treat liver diseases.
Chinese Medicine DiagnosisRespecting Your Body's Language
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is vastly different from western medicine in that it listens to, understands and responds to the body's language. The human body has a harmonizing flow between the body, mind and spirit. This flow can be depleted or blocked by various causes. A Chinese medical practitioner is trained to be able to detect how the flow of energy (Qi) is within the body by tuning in to the symptoms that are presented during examination of the patient. These symptoms are the language of the body and being able to hear the language and interpret it are the skills necessary to have in order to practice Chinese medicine.
Researchers in Texas have tested the effectiveness of Chinese herbs on arthritis pain including that of
rheumatoid arthritis and have found herbs to be effective, namely the extracts of the roots of Tripterygium
wilfordii Hook F (TwHF).
In Geneva Switzerland it was reported that the World Health Organization came out in support of using wormwood
to combat malaria. The Chinese people have been using wormwood for over 2000 years and have found it to be
life-saving against Malaria.
Doctors in London England have concluded that 10 different herbs when used as a mixture are effective at
treating dermatitis. The conclusion was drawn from a study that had been conducted at the Royal Free Hospital in
A report from the University of Exeter by Dr. Ernst states that there are certain herbs that is safe to use such
as camomile, garlic, Ginkgo biloba, peppermint, sabal, saw palmetto and St. John's wort.
He specifically mentioned that St. John's wort has fewer side effects than the synthetic antidepressants used in