Herbal medicine is a vital component of Eastern medicine and has been used for thousands of years as a form of treatment. Herbs are considered a fundamental source of therapy for many acute and chronic conditions, and is highly popular in many East Asian communities. Herbal medicine is effective in treating various kinds of ailments and conditions that range from something simple as the common cold to more serious conditions such as digestive disorders, pain and skin conditions. Similar to acupuncture, herbal medicine can target symptoms to help the body regain its balance and strengthen itself.
1. Herbal medicine is tailored to your specific needs.
Herbal medicine is made specifically for each individual. Each herbal medicine is designed with specific herbs and ingredients to treat specific conditions. Where Western medicine’s drugs and supplements may be prescribed as generic use for many individuals, Eastern medicine’s use of herbal medicine is to treat each individual’s unique condition and target specific symptoms. As a result, the benefits of herbal medicine are more tailored to the individual and can be more effective in seeing results.
2. Herbal medicine can boost energy levels.
Herbal medicine is not a type of medicine that targets only one area of the body. Rather, herbal medicine targets the root of the problem while ensuring the body as a whole is addressed as in Eastern medicine, the flow of qi or energy is largely considered. Herbal medicine focuses on three main aspects: digestion, sleep and mood. When digestion is properly functioning, nutrients from food are better absorbed creating regular bowel movements. When the hours and quality of sleep are at moderate levels, the mood is consequently improved. With all three aspects working together at appropriate levels, the body’s healing state is intensified and energy is increased in the body.
3. Herbal medicine helps manage stress and puts the body at ease.
Stress is inevitable in life and it is a matter of whether we can find ways to manage or reduce the amount of stress. When the body is stressed, it is put into ‘fight or flight’ mode which escalates the sympathetic nervous system. Remaining in this state for long periods of time can be harmful to the body and cause negative health effects such as indigestion and insomnia. Both acupuncture and herbal medicine in Eastern medicine have the ability to put our bodies into a healing state where the parasympathetic nervous system can take over.
4. Herbal medicine can reduce inflammation.
Inflammation can be a key factor when it comes to analyzing the overall health of the body. Reducing inflammation is highly important because inflammation can be a signal for other significant health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Herbal medicine can reduce inflammation through the herbs’ anti-inflammatory effects. Chinese herbs such as Paeonia lactiflora Pall, which is a barkless dried root, has been used to treat arthritis, muscle cramps, spasms and fever.
Herbal medicine is an excellent addition to have in your life. Herbal medicine provides numerous health benefits that support and strengthen the body’s ability to defend for itself. The greatest benefit out of them all is that they are completely harmless with little to no side effects. With its natural ingredients of herbs, herbal medicine is a safe and healthy way for enhancing one’s life.