The Role of Chinese Herbs in Achieving Health and Wellness
Medicinal herbs are an essential component of traditional Chinese medicine. As a doctor of Oriental Medicine, Josh Eha uses Chinese herbs at his natural health practice in Plymouth, MN, to not only treat illness, but also optimize health and prevent disease. There are more than 450 medicinal substances in Chinese medicine. They are all-natural plant and mineral based substances. Unlike most medications used in Western medicine, Chinese herbs are highly unlikely to produce undesirable side effects when properly administered.
For over 5000 years, Chinese herbal medicine has been continually growing and developing into the effective driver of internal, physical and mental medical care that it is today. Through its evolution, a remarkable discovery was made to enhance its effectiveness. Single herbs were categorized based on several factors which allowed them to be combined in nuanced and individualized dosages, additions and subtractions to allow your practitioner freedom, efficacy and adaptability based on the improvement of symptoms or complicating factors. Several thousand years later, we now use anywhere from four to thirty or more herbs in combination to enhance healing effects and avoid possible side effects for the individual in front of us. No longer are there fixed cubby holes the patient must fit in to find improvements in outcomes. With flexibility and sophistication, Chinese herbal medicine has grown into the absolute best natural approach to healthcare.
A Holistic Approach
Chinese herbal medicine is one aspect of the integrated system of traditional Chinese medicine. Some of the other healing modalities are acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, therapeutic massage, nutrition therapy, and mind-body practices. The use of medicinal herbs is part of Chinese medicine’s approach to understanding normal function and disease processes, and to focusing equally on the prevention of illness and its treatment.