What is Herbolism?
In China, people have been using natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. These herbs are called herbal medicine, which are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. It is well known that Traditional Chinese Medicine（TCM） has over 3000 years history and Chinese herb medicine is one of most important part of TCM, there are over 3000 different herbs that can be used for medica commonly used. It is important to use herbs grown in China rather than outside of their native environment. One must use the right herb from the right source to get the full benefit.
Herbal productions work within the body in much the same way as do conventional pharmaceutical drugs. That is, via their chemical make-up. The difference is in how they are prescribed. Herbs are prescribed to treat the root of the disease and its manifestation, rather than simply focusing on symptoms from which the patient may be suffering.
Herbal Medicine has most to offer when used to facilitate healing in chronic ongoing problems. By skillful selection of herbs for the patient, a profound transformation in health can be affected with less danger of the side effects inherent in drug-based medicine. Herbs are usually taken internally as decoctions (herbs boiled in water). However, doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine may also prescribe herbs in the forms of pills, powders, syrups, soaks, and plasters.
What can Chinese herbs do for me?
Chinese Herbal Therapy or Herbal medicine has three main functions:
- Treat the acute diseases and conditions such as killing bacteria or a virus;
- Heal chronic illness such as gastrointestinal disorder, respiratory disorder, allergies, immune system deficiency, etc. by strengthening the body, helping it to recover;
- Maintain daily life health by keeping the balance of human body.
In general, herbs can treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Comparing with chemical medicine, Chinese herbal medicine is much gentler and safer because it is made of natural herbs. Some of the herbs are kinds of food that we can eat it every day. Most of Chinese herbs do not cause side effects. For these reasons, people turn to herbal therapy for a number of indications. More and more people rely on Chinese herb medicine as alternative after chemical medicine failed.