Chinese Herbal Medicine – 4 Health Benefits

The Chinese have been using traditional Chinese herbs to treat different ailments and health conditions since times immemorial. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), different herbs are used together to create a concoction (formula) instead of a single herb or supplement.

A formula includes:

  • An emperor herb that treats the primary symptoms/problem
  • Multiple minister herbs that treat secondary symptoms
  • Assistant herbs that either alleviate side effects or guide other herbs to specific body parts

Chinese herbal medicine is gaining popularity in Santa Rosa and all over the country. Many people who want to avoid side effects linked to prescription drugs use traditional Chinese herbs to help manage their conditions.

Here are some compelling reasons to give Chinese herbal medicine a try.

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Treat Skin Conditions 

A review of seven randomized control trials found that Chinese herbal medicine may be effective in treating skin conditions such as atomic dermatitis. Trial participants reported significant improvement in symptoms while not noticing any adverse side effects.

A TCM expert studies the signs and symptoms present, such as the color, size, look, and location of nodules to diagnose skin problems. They also assess the person’s health and lifestyle. Based on their finding, the professional designs a customized treatment plan.

Help with Sleep Problems 

Sleep problems and insomnia are becoming increasingly common due to the high-stress high-demand world we find ourselves in. Around 50% of adults experience occasional episodes of insomnia, while around 10% of adults have chronic insomnia.

There is enough evidence to suggest that herbal medicine can assist with sleep disorders, including insomnia, unrestful sleep, and high-frequency walking. A meta-analysis of randomized control trials reported that the PSQI scores and sleep onset latency of patients who received Chinese herbal medicine improved significantly.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects 

Various studies show that some Chinese herbs may have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. A recent study found that a Bai Shao Yao water/ethanol extract can inhibit inflammation and the production of proinflammatory cytokines. Bai Shao Yao is a barkless dried root used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, fever, muscle cramps, and spasms.

No Major Side effects 

Unlike drugs that can cause various side effects ranging from rashes to nausea and vomiting, Chinese herbs have little to no side effects. Each formula includes an herb to neutralize possible side effects. For example, gancao, an herb known to soothe the mucus membrane, is usually used for lessening any side effects such as bloating or digestion problems in strong formulas.

Acupuncture Mama is a top-rated acupuncture clinic in Santa Rosa. Our team consists of some of the most sought-after acupuncturists in Santa Rosa. We use traditional Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments and improve our patient’s lives. To schedule an appointment, call us at (707) 303-7200.