Chinese herbalism has been made use of for a far longer period of time than most people
realize. It originated many centuries ago, but it has only become properly
recognized in many western societies within the last few years. This form of
treatment is where herbs and plants are used to provide the body with support in
order to combat many adverse states. The adverse states can be divided into
different types according to the energies that are affected by this state and
different plants and herbs can be used to treat each adverse condition depending
on what type of energy is affected or is causing the adverse state.
Each herb and
plant that is used can have a different energy and this can determine which of
the herbs can be most effective when attempting to combat the adverse condition
of the body. There are four energies within the body and they are classified
according to their heat, there are cold energies and hot energies as well as
warm energies and cool energies. The exact symptoms of a disruption of the
body's energies can depend greatly on which is the energies has been affected.
The plants that are used are typically of the opposite heat to the energy that
is being disrupted or is the cause of the disruption.
There are many herbs that are used as part of a mixed selection of herbs in
Chinese herbalism where there is one primary herb and other subordinate herbs
that can help to provide support for the primary herb. There are many different
ways in which a selection of different herbs can react to one another. It is
these reactions that determine which herbs should be used in a selection
together since a positive reaction between the herbs can provide the body with a
range of benefits especially helping to provide support the immune system and
help to rebalance the energies within your body. Some herbs may have negative
reactions when used together so herbalists need to train for many years to have
sufficient knowledge of herbs so that they can be aware of what reaction will
occur when using particular herbs together.
This form of
treatment is guided by the Chinese philosophies of health and philosophies
regarding the body. This influences how problems within the body are dealt with
and what manner of treatment can produce the greatest results as well as what
ingredients are best to use in any given situation or condition. According to
health philosophy the body has three physical components and two non-physical
components, blood, Qi and moisture are the three physical components while
Spirit and essence are the two non-physical components. It is the interaction of
these five components that have such a large impact on the health of the body.
All chinese herbal information has been researched and
written by Juliette Pickup.