Chinese herbs have been used for some time now to improve immunity and to bring relief to most healthcare challenges. Not only are Chinese herbs effective in helping the body with health issues, they are safe and have close to zero side effects when used in the right way. Rather than fighting the disease directly, Chinese herbal medicine is more often focused on boosting the body’s immune, organ, hormone and circulatory systems. The herbs strengthen the body's innate healing mechanisms and ability to fight diseases. Over time, strengthening and supporting the body in this way brings about wholesome health and well-being.
As one of the oldest forms of treatment, Chinese herbal medicine has been viewed as singular healthcare discipline. However, that is not the case. Chinese herbal medicine is part of wider healthcare complex known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a rich and complex system of healthcare practices with great diversity and application. TCM is comprised of three main treatment components which are: herbal medicine, acupuncture and cupping. Chinese herbal medicine is the most widely used TCM modality. It relies on the healing power of the curative agents found in the Chinese herbs to improve immunity against diseases and fortify the musculoskeletal system against injury and pain. Chinese herbal remedies work in many different ways.
Here are a 4 ways in which Chinese herbs improve immunity and well-being:
The Yin Yang balance is one of the cornerstones of TCM. Yin is the dark, feminine energy while Yang is the bright, male energy. Optimal health and well-being can only be attained if these two forces are in equilibrium. According to Chinese herbal medicine practices, certain herbs that nourish the Yin should be taken regularly for proper functioning of the respiratory, immune, circulatory and nervous systems. These herbs include astragalus root and ginseng for the lungs and spleen. Lycium root to boost the circulatory system. Schisandra berry fruits for energy and angelica root for the immune system.
To attain a healthy balance of Yin and Yang forces, you need to nourish the Yang as well. The Yang is directly associated with the urinary, hepatic, digestive and pancreatic systems and when you nourish it, you directly promote proper functionality of these systems.
Specific herbs that nourish the yang include bupleurum for liver balance and hawthorn fruit for the digestive tract. Perilla leaf is used for relaxation and tangerine rinds promote healthy breathing.
Promotes proper circulation.
According to TCM practices and beliefs, proper circulation is achieved through a healthy liver, kidneys, colon and skin. A well-conditioned circulatory system promotes holistic well-being by strengthening the immune system and ensuring that the internal organs are functioning properly. Proper circulation is also essential for healing trauma injury and damage to bone, skin and connective tissue.
The herbs that are helpful in this regard include astragalus, ginseng, lycium fruit and cornus fruit. These herbs intend to nourish the blood to carry essential nutrients to vital body organs and to facilitate proper elimination of toxins.
Promoting proper liver function.
The liver is one of the vital organs in the body. It acts as a bridge between the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems. According to TCM, any condition that affects the liver will usually result in emotional turmoil, and this stands to prove just how connected these systems are. Proper liver balance can be attained through herbs such as ginger, ginseng, zhishi fruit and licorice.
Chinese herbs improve immunity, well-being, and improve trauma injury recovery. This holistic approach to treatment promotes overall health, balance, energy and pain reduction. Take advantage of the benefits of Chinese herbal medicine for a richer, healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.