A lot can attest that acupuncture can work wonders on your body but combined with traditional Chinese herbs, acupuncture herbs is the best remedy for a number of ailments. But the question is how do acupuncture herbs really work?
Another aspect in traditional Chinese medicine is Chinese medical herbology which in conjunction with acupuncture for more improved results. The herbs are a natural treatment option with little to no side effects unlike conventional medicines. A combination of herbs may be recommended to treat specific conditions and improve a person’s overall health basing on individual needs.
Acupuncture herbs are commonly used for healing. With more than medicinal substances listed in the Chinese pharmacy and more than 6,000 Chinese medicinal herbs in the sold in the market, herbs are used more in modern Chinese healing. Together with acupuncture, acupuncture herbs are prescribed to correct the imbalances of Yin and Yang in specific combinations for each individual. Chinese healing herbs are classified into two categories first of which defines herbs by the property of the temperature. The second category defines herbs by the property of taste.
Chinese herbs are taken in different combination of taste and temperature in order to influence the body’s Yin and yang energy. Herbs don’t just have one quality; their effectiveness is based on their use in unique combination that seems to work against imbalances in the body and specific conditions.
Chinese herbal medicine is different from western medicine in many ways but the most obvious difference is the way herbs and acupuncture is combined to treat illness. A lot of pre-made Chinese herbal formulas can be found on the internet and in traditional western pharmacies and stores. They are mostly available as tablets, pills, powders, extracts, creams, balms and teas. Although these preparations are effective, they are not as effective as traditionally prepared formulas.
Decoction is the traditional preparation of herbal formulas. It is the process of boiling plants or herbs to extract and concentrate their essential properties. The strained liquid is the decoction and they can be administered in two ways either using traditional decoction or using granulated herbs decoctions which are highly concentrated powder extracts.
At Home Traditional Decoction
1. The herbalists pre-weighs, combines, and individually bags a patient’s daily dose of herbs.
2. For each day to take home, patients are given individual bags of herbal formula.
3. At home, patients will boil their daily dose for 30 to 60 minutes.
4. As directed by the herbalist, the decoction is consumed several times during the day.
Granulated Herb Decoction Powders
1. As a traditional decoction, the herbalist makes powders by preparing the herbs.
2. The decoction is dehydrated and the dried powder residue is then collected.
3. To make a custom formula, the herbalist then mixes these powders together for each patient.
4. The powder is then given to each patient so they can place it on hot water to re-create the decoction at home. The patient does not need to boil the decoction at home and the original decoction’s potency remains intact.