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Chinese Herbal Medicine

The material, which can cure and/or prevent diseases, is called medicine. Along TCM history, most medicine is from China. Only very few of them are imported. Therefore, it is often called Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM). CHM can be plants, animals and/or minerals. The majority is plants.

In China and in Taiwan, TCM is not an alternative form of therapy. CHM is used in the hospitals alongside the modern medicine.

Based on TCM theory, the characteristics of herbs can be classified with several different methods.

For example,
1) The four natures (Si Qi / 四氣): cold, cool, warm and hot
2) The five tastes (Wu Wei / 五味): sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty
3) The Meridians (Qui Jing / 歸經): refer to which organs the herb acts upon

herbs

The natural properties of herb can help our body to restore the disorder back in balance.

CHM are now available in a number of formats from raw herbs, powder, pill and tablet.

In TCM practice, health is more than just the absence of disease. This stimulates the formation of herbal patent formulae. Along TCM history, there are many proven herbal patent formulae. For example, there are Six Form (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan/六味地黃丸) and Middle Form (Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang/補中益氣湯), etc. These formulae are kind of standardized CHM. Nowadays, they are still applicable clinically.

In my practice, herbal patent formulae may be suggested in combination with acupuncture treatment for some specific cases. For example, they are effects of stroke or arthritis, etc.