Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine comes in many forms: raw herbs which need to be boiled, or in powder and pills.
In Chinese tonic herbalism, we utilize the law of yin and yang constantly. Tonic herbs are categorised according to yin and yang. It is the attempt of tonic herbalism to provide yin and yang energy in an appropriate balance so that the individual eventually attains a proper dynamic balance and thus attains radiant health. Thus it is important to discern which balance of yin and yang herbs is appropriate. A person who shows signs of yin deficiency will do well to take more yin herbs while a person who shows signs of yang deficiency should take more yang herbs.
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Chinese tonic herbalism is an adaptogenic system. This relates to the concept that the body-mind is naturally and innately self-regulatory. Human neurological and endocrine functions have evolved over millions of years as the primary human regulatory systems designed by nature to maintain homeostasis (functional balance), even under an enormous variety of stressful conditions, thus allowing the whole system to survive and even thrive.
Chinese herbs are commonly used to treat disorders such as:
A vast amount of scientific evidence and research has been published to date relating to Chinese herbal medicine. Most of this research has, however, been carried out in the Chinese medical research facilities and universities. Although research is being increasingly conducted in the West, much more high quality evidence is still needed.
Examples of western Chinese medicine herb research:
A clear limitation for the advancing use of Chinese herbal medicines is the real need to increase our knowledge of the active ingredients and mechanism of action of the herbal medicines. Many scientific testing methods are limited at this point in time thus cannot accurately measure synergistic mechanisms of action with regards to an array of herbs in a formula.
More research is now occurring in Australia and other parts of the world with recent increased research funding in the field of traditional medicines by Governments and an increasing need for complementary health care treatments.
Evidence from the Cochrane Collaboration assessment (2009) found that 22 of 42 reviews on Chinese herbal medicine were unable to reach conclusions about whether the technique worked for the condition under investigation because there was not enough good-quality evidence. The other research found 20 of 42 reviews on Chinese herbal medicine suggested possible benefits but could not reach definite conclusions because of the small quantity or poor quality of the studies.