How Chinese Herbal Remedies Work

american ginseng - Chinese Herbal RemediesChinese herbal remedies have been used for many years, long before the introduction of western medicine. Westerners have only recently learned of the amazing benefits these herbs contain. As Chinese herbal remedies grows in use and popularity, people are wondering how exactly they work. It is confusing to some individuals that a plant could offer healing. What they may not realize is that much of western medicine is derived from plant sources. The following explains how Chinese herbal remedies work in the human body.

Treating the Source

Much of western medicine treats the symptoms rather than the source of an illness or discomfort. Chinese herbal remedies target the source of the problem. For example, depleted blood causes problems with eyesight, sleep, and mood. Blood enriching herbs assist in fixing the deficiency thus eliminating the symptoms. Many issues are caused by fatigue, so specific herbs are taken to increase energy.  There are also herbs to treat specific symptoms related to things such as pain, colds and allergies. They are quite effective in this area. But for the most part, herbal medicine focuses on the causes of the disorder rather than particular symptoms.

Reciprocal Relationships

Herbs are used in combinations to boost effectiveness. They work together, promoting other. In essence, they help each other to increase usefulness. The proper mixture of herbs can have a powerful impact on the body. The use of a single herb in treatment is rare. There are a number of excellent formulas available on the market today to treat virtually any element.

3 Basic Functions of Chinese Herbal Medicine

  1. Supplement – These are used to correct any deficiencies in the body.
  2. Cleansing – These are used to clear toxins and harmful substances from of the body.
  3. Balance – These are used to bring organ systems into balance.

In the past, most western physicians have overlooked or simply denied the benefits of herbal remedies. However, they are now beginning to understand the role of herbs in treating illness. You do not have to choose between western medicine and herbal remedies. They often work very well together.

Acupuncture in the News: Success Stories

A needle here, a needle there; a doubt defeated, an ache relieved. Skeptics continue to have their suspicions blown out of the water as more and more reports emerge of acupuncture’s effectiveness. Here are a few of those stories making headlines in recent months.

Acupuncture combats side effects of cancer treatment

After undergoing chemo and radiation for her tongue cancer, Beth Dowhen turned to acupuncture to combat the side effects—reluctantly, at first. “I thought, you know, acupuncture? Is it going to be some old hippie somewhere doing it?” she explains. The immediate effects were enough to convert her; “I really do credit acupuncture with helping me feel better.”

To combat the dry mouth that accompanies radiation, a needle in Dowhen’s chin did the trick. “About five minutes after that first treatment,” she says, “I felt saliva come into my mouth and that just amazed me.” Her acupuncturist also helped her relieve a months-long sore throat, reduce stress, and induce relaxation.

Acupuncture improves quality of life for furry companion

12-year-old pug named Keeohnee found relief through acupunctureThat’s right—a 12-year-old pug named Keeohnee found relief through acupuncture. After losing feeling and movement in his hind legs, Keeohnee’s owner Miranda Ratzlaff was determined to do whatever she could to make life easier for her “fur baby,” who was developing chronic bladder infections due to being unable to move to empty his bladder.

Dr. Mark Ekerberg, a veterinarian who practices alternative therapies in addition to traditional veterinary medicine, proposed an avant-garde method to help the Wichita pug. “It seems crazy,” Ekerberg concedes. “I’m sticking a needle in their back saying that I’m going to make their kidney function better. When I first heard that I thought it was ridiculous.” After focusing on points that correspond with the bladder, bowels, and kidneys, Keeohnee’s condition began to improve. They paired the acupuncture with underwater treadmill sessions and soon witnessed the pug transform “from a completely stationary dog to a dog that’s interacting with his entire family,” Ratzlaff rejoiced.

Acupuncture boosts fertility

pregnant womanA study scheduled for publication in June in the Reproductive BioMedicine Online Journal examined the effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on live birth rates for women undergoing IVF. Researchers divided the women into three groups: those who chose IVF alone, those who had two treatments of acupuncture on the day of IVF, and a third group who received TCM in the form of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and dietary recommendations throughout their treatment.

Women who utilized Traditional Chinese Medicine, the study found, had almost double the live birth rate compared to those who had IVF alone. “This is good preliminary evidence that suggests TCM as it’s practiced in the real world may positively impact IVF outcomes,” says lead researcher Lee Hullender-Rubin.

Curious as to how acupuncture might improve your own quality of life or fertility efforts? Contact us and we’ll walk you through the promising options available at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness.