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An Overview Of The Principles Behind Chinese Herbal Remedies

Aug 17, 2007
Chinese herbal remedies have been used to treat almost all kinds of diseases and symptoms for thousands of years ago and even today in China and parts of Asia. It is part of the healing methods used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a system of healing that has many principles that can be complex because of their many intricacies. In fact, a TCM practitioner has to take many years to learn them all and also to draw his knowledge on the various herbs and their interactions for healing. Here, I put down some of the basic principles behind Chinese herbal remedies as a form of treatment.

Chinese herbal remedies are divided into 5 different seasons; including fall, winter, spring, summer and late summer. According to the principles that are followed here, the universal energy is at its highest during the summer and herbs are most abundant in the late summer.

You view all foods from an energy perspective. Of course, food also provides nutrition, vitamins and calories, but it is the energy that is studied here. Apparently, each food vibrates at a specific energy frequency that corresponds to a specific organ. These energies know how to thrive in specific seasons, which corresponds with a specific organ. Thus, some foods can be used as herbal remedies which can help increase or decrease your vital energy. For example, sunflower causes energy to rise, while a plant's root causes energy to flow downwards.

While TCM also regards food as having healing energies, herbs are the ones that used to dramatically help increase the energy within these foods. Many foods and herbs are often mixed together and cooked for hours. Although there is no nutritional value left in the foods or herbs, it is the drink that contains the energy that is required to treat your various conditions.

Here, it is believed that the universe has provided us with a powerful, natural way in which to maintain good health. In TCM, various factors that contribute to your body being out of harmony are examined so that a permanent solution to the issue can be found. It is believed that this is much better than just treating the symptoms.

Hence, chinese herbal remedies can be used not only for your relief from physical and mental symptoms, but in many cases, they do provide cures. You can learn a great deal from this system of holistic healing since this would mean that you would be able to live in complete harmony with your body. Or, if you simply want to derive the benefits from the use of chinese herbal remedies, consult a qualified practitioner.
About the Author
Evelyn Lim is the publisher of a newsletter on Herbal Home Remedies. She draws on her practical knowledge passed down by her grandmother in the use of herbs to treat common ailments. For free information and a bonus MP3 download, please visit her site at http://www.HerbalRemedyTips.com
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