We can’t write about Chinese Herbology without knowing a little about its history. Let’s go back Herbology for that matter and explain its origins. We can trace the relations between Humans and Herbs back to pre-historic times. Archeologist indicates to us that we have been interacting with Herbs since the Paleolithic period. Around 60,000 years ago humans interacted with herbs for medicine.
As we move forward during ancient times, we find the first civilizations like the Mesopotamians and Sumerians using plants as medicine also in India and ancient Egypt evidence shows us the use of plants such as turmeric and Cannabis. The Indians civilization history of herbal medicine can be traced back 4,000 years. Ancient Egyptians used it since (3000 BC).
History of Chinese Herbology
Chinese Herbology is the basis of (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine. The people of China have been using Herbal medicine for over 5,000 years. The Chinese created the first written encyclopedia on herbal medicine. Inside the book, there are references to 365 herbs and uses. Written in 122BCE, by Shen Nong, creator of Chinese Medicine.
What materials are used in Chinese Herbology?
There are about 8,000 herbs and out of that 1800 have been studied by Pharmacopeia. There are 50 essential herbs that Chinese herbologist in Miami should know most, but 15 are essential and applied more frequently. Besides plant medicine the Chinese Herbology use animal parts. Some parts can be considered strange to westerners but here are some of them. The list will be the most exotic ones, in my mind.
- Tiger penis
- Rhinoceros horn
- Toad secretions
- Deer penis
There are over 45 animal parts listed in (Handbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine). Here at Acupuncture Miami, we don’t approve of using animal parts for remedies.
How to effectively use Chinese Herbs
The most common way to use these herbs is by tea. Tea’s are useful for severe diseases. Not all like hot tea instead you can take it in pill form. Pills work best for stagnation and treating flu like symptoms. Another method to ingest the great plants is in powder form. The powder is best when it’s freshly ground, as a matter a fact people in ancient time took it this way.
Data on Chinese Herbology success
There are plenty of studies done by Japanese and Chinese doctors on the success of these remedies. In fact, the World Health Organization endorses a drug made possible by a Herbologist from China with a cure for Malaria. In another study for infertility in women, the women had a successful pregnancy. You can see the results of this study in a pdf download by clicking (results of this study). There have been plenty of new medicines that developed from the herbs. They treat diseases such as hepatitis, asthma, and anticancer agents.
Caution when using herbs for treatment
It is best to consult a (TCM) doctor when planning to use herbs. The practitioner will know better the timing of the herbs and combinations that are most effective for your condition. Besides these issues the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Chinese herbs as supplements and not drugs. The monitoring for cleanliness is not strong enough, as they prioritize toxic ingredients.
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