Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine seeks to restore the balance of Yin and Yang and restore Qi energy.

Herbal medicine is the use of plants, or plant extracts to treat illness and promote good health. With an approach on the self, it looks at your mental, emotional and physical well-being. It also aims to restore your body’s natural ability to protect and recover.

TCM and Chinese herbal medicine is based around the Yin and Yang concept (the aim of restoring the body’s natural balance). The tradition places emphasis on preventing disease or illness through living a healthy lifestyle.

The natural balance of the body is regarded as your qi (pronounced chee). Many practitioners believe that this is the body’s energy flow and is essential for maintaining good health. When your qi is unable to flow freely around the body, your energy meridians can become obstructed. This is often a result of stress, overwork, poor nutrition, environmental conditions or injury.

Due to the longstanding effectiveness and influence of Chinese herbal medicine in the East, it has recently experienced a rise in popularity in the West. CHM continues to form a major part of the Chinese healthcare system and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine. (Chinese Herbal Medicine – Therapy Directory, no date)

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine – Therapy Directory (no date). Available at: https://www.therapy-directory.org.uk/articles/chinese-herbal-medicine.html (Accessed: 3 June 2018).