Chinese Herbs and Medicine

Chinese Herbs and Medicine (TCM) - help people feel better, more vital and live longer. Chinese herbal formulas help with asthma, breast cancer, colon cleansing, inflammation, arthritis pain, kidney bladder cleansing, insomnia and libido.

Some of the herbs - Ginseng, Licorice Root, Gingko Biloba - that have been used in Chinese medicine for 3,000 years are now familiar to Western medicine and are used by millions of Asian, European and African people all over the world.


Huang Ti, (the "Yellow Emperor") 2600 BC, is the one who wrote what is believed to be the earliest Chinese medical text and introduced the principles of Yin and Yang.

The Chinese even pioneered the use of an herbal anesthetic in AD 208. The techniques of Chinese medicine were widely disseminated beginning in the sixth century by Buddhist monks who traveled all over Asia. The Japanese and Korean Buddhists became particularly adept practitioners of Chinese medical techniques.

Chinese herbal medicine is empirically based. It is the accumulated knowledge of more than four thousand years of practical experience. Based on ancient literary records, we now know that back in 1100 BC during the West Zhou era, Chinese medicine had already developed into different branches, including disease therapy, ulcer therapy, diet therapy and veterinarian medicine.

According to TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine, poor health is a result of a person's body being out of balance and herbs are used to bring the body back into balance and restore Qi (pronounced chee) energy.

The master herbalist responsible for these formulas has made an exhaustive study of the pharmacology and principles of Chinese - Oriental herbal medicine for over 25 years, and is offering the following Chinese herbs and formulas for your health and well-being for both men and women.


Asthma Support

Colon Health Laxative

Blood Pressure Formula

Arthritis Pain Formula


Chinese Cholesterol Herbs

Liv/Gall Liver Gall Bladder

Male Energy

Peaceful Rest

Benefits of TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine

Most Chinese prefer herbal medicines to Western allopathic drugs. Herbal formulas are thought to be more natural, much less dangerous, and slower and gentler in action, yet equally or more effective compared to synthetic chemical drugs. Herbs are nearly always used as compound prescriptions, with a single formula containing between six and twelve herbs. Remedies are often complex, combining multiple ingredients to mirror and correct patterns of disorganized chi, blood, and moisture. Usually, each formula contains a chief herb, one or more assistant herbs, and a "courier herb."

A weak liver can be the cause of many chronic health problems. Gallbladder problems, bad breath, constant fatigue, sleep disorders, heart palpitations, poor memory, skin problems, poor complexion, allergies, arthritis, thyroid problems, frequent numbness in the extremities, frequent infection and fainting are a few examples of what may result when the liver is stressed. In addition, women's health problems such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis and painful menstruation may also be the result of a weak liver.

According to the Chinese, the liver and kidneys are the organs that age us. That is why almost all longevity herbs used in Chinese medicine are liver and kidney tonics. Without a clean, efficient liver and healthy kidneys, blood is not filtered clean. "Dirty" blood, loaded with toxins or waste products, is heavier and more sluggish. This causes poor circulation and reduced capacity to carry oxygen and nutrients. As a result, tissue and organ cells are undernourished. If this condition persists the cells will deteriorate and inevitably age.

According to Chinese medicine, all internal organs work as a team in the body and the liver is considered the one in charge - the boss. However, many of our modern prescription drugs are damaging to the liver or kidneys. Many over the counter painkillers also cause liver toxicity. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people over the age of 50 develop liver weakness or toxicity. Even among healthy people who are not dependent on drugs, the liver has been filtering blood day and night throughout life without being "cleansed". Over the years, circulating blood has deteriorated in quality which goes unnoticed. The end result is often a feeling of sluggishness and heaviness due to poor circulation.

Proponents of Chinese medicine believe that liver and kidney health is very important for one's well-being especially during menopause. Most prescription medications are damaging to the liver and kidneys.

According to Chinese medicine, hot flashes are the result of sluggish liver. During menopause, the liver has to go through significant adjustments due to hormonal changes. When the liver is sluggish, the downward "Chi" (energy flow) in the liver encounters too much resistance due to the adjustments and therefore produce "heat". If the liver is healthy, both the blood flow and "energy flow" are smooth and no "heat" will result. Spicy foods, especially ginger and cinnamon, are very "yang" foods. They congest the liver and produce "heat" that could aggrevate hot flashes. Women who suffer from hot flashes may have to avoid these foods.

Before menopause, the estrogens and progesterones are both produced by ovaries and adrenals. During menopause, ovarian activities are greatly reduced and the adrenals become the major suppliers of these hormones. Without healthy kidneys, the adrenals, which sit directly on top of the kidneys, cannot efficiently take over the role as major producer of estrogens and progesterones. This is a basic cause of women's menopausal problems.

Weak kidneys can also contribute to osteoporosis which is a major health concern with many post-menopausal women. According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys support the bones. Healthy kidneys are essential for strong bones. Weak kidneys may cause increased urinary losses of calcium and phosphates due to the kidneys' inability to form an acid urine.


Chinese herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs. Because of the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause side-effects.

Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formula balance each other, and they undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety.

Thirdly, Chinese herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage this self-healing process.

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Pharmacopeia and herbal formulation
** Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies; Dan Bensky and Randall Barolet, ed.; Eastland Press, Seattle, c1990. One of the most authoritative English texts on TCM herbal formulation, although perhaps a bit too much information for the beginning student to assimilate. In addition, the symptom-sign indications listed for many formulas in some cases are too narrow and do not give the practitioner an idea of the full range of clinical pictures for which the formula might be applicable. To avoid this, one should focus more on the TCM functions of each formula rather than the listed symptom-sign indications.
* Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica; Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, ed.; Eastland Press, Seattle, c1986. One of the most authoritative English texts on TCM materia medica. The beginning herbalist is to beware of certain toxic substances and herbs that are listed, which should be avoided because better alternatives exist. Otherwise, the text is a thorough compilation of TCM clinical functions, dosages, contraindications, and physiological and pharmacological action.
** A Clinical Guide to Chinese Herbs and Formulae; by Chen Song Yu and Li Fei, transl. by Jin Hui De; Churchill Livingstone, c1993. An excellent study guide for the beginning student of TCM and a good companion to Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. Compares similar herbs and formulas, explains how they differ in their action, and gives guidelines for choosing one over another in specific situations.
* The Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica; by Kun-Ying Yen; SMC Publishing Inc., c1992. Full-color photographs of prepared dried Chinese herbs, as commonly available commercially, with text descriptions. Very useful for beginning herbalists in verifying the identity of commercially purchased herb products. Mislabelling of products is not uncommon, and proper identification by inspection is essential for safe practice.
* Cheung, C.S.; Traditional Chinese Medicine: Before Completion, vol. I and II; Harmonious Sunshine Cultural Center, San Francisco, c1987. * Cheung, C.S.; Traditional Chinese Medicine: Case Studies, vol. I and II; Harmonious Sunshine Cultural Center, San Francisco, c1987. Recommended for advanced students of TCM; how to handle difficult cases; cases of master herbalists.
Cheung, C.S.; Traditional Chinese Medicine: Handbook of Nutritional Therapy; Harmonious Sunshine Cultural Center, San Francisco, c1987.
Flaws, Bob; Arisal of the Clear, a Simple Guide to Healthy Eating According to Traditional Chinese Medicine; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Flaws, Bob; My Sister the Moon, the Diagnosis and Treatment of Menstrual Diseases by Traditional Chinese Medicine; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1992.
Flaws, Bob; Scatology and the Gate of Life: the Role of the Large Intestine in Immunity, an Integrated Chinese-Western Approach; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Flaws, Bob; Something Old, Something New: Essays on the TCM Description of Western Herbs, Pharmaceuticals, Vitamins and Minerals; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Flaws, Bob and Wolfe, Honora; Prince Wen Hui's Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy; Paradigm Publications, Brookline, Massachusetts USA, c1983. An introduction to TCM dietary principles, case studies, traditional Chinese recipes, and classification of common foods by TCM properties.
Fu Qing-zhu's Gynecology; transl. Yang Shou-zhong and Liu Da-wei; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1992.
Handbook of Traditional Chinese Gynecology; compiled by Zhejiang College of TCM, transl. Zhang Ting-Liang, ed. Bob Flaws; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1987.
Hsu, Hong-Yen and Peacher, William A.; Chinese Herb Medicine and Therapy; Oriental Healing Arts Institute, c1976.
Huang Bing-shan; AIDS and its Treatment by Traditional Chinese Medicine; transl. Fu Di and Bob Flaws; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Keys, John D.; Chinese Herbs: Their Botany, Chemistry and Pharmacodynamics; Charles E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont USA, c1976.
Lad, Vasant and Frawley, David; The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine; Lotus Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico USA, c1986. An introduction to Ayurvedic health theory with a materia medica including common spices and selected herbs from the Indian and Chinese materia medica.
Li Shih-Chen; Chinese Medicinal Herbs; transl. by F. Porter Smith and G.A. Stuart; Georgetown Press, San Francisco, c1973.
Lin, Anna; The Dao of Increasing Longetivity and Conserving One's Life, a Handbook of Traditional Chinese Geriatrics and Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Lin, Anna; Handbook of TCM Urology and Male Sexual Dysfunction; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1992.

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