Chinese Herbal Remedy: "Gift of Heaven and Earth "
Chinese herbal medicine is easily the the most highly evolved medical system in the world. Its immense scale of experience spans countless trillions of administrations over thousands of years.
natural substances are catalogued in Chinese herbal pharmacopia.
These substances, refered to as "herbs", consists of thousands of
plant species from all over the world as well as both mineral and
animal materials. Chinese herbs are most often taken in formulae
(combinations of herbs) rather than singly. By combining herbs,
synergies have been discovered that vastly increase the medicinal
effects. Blending herbs in this way also allows the herbologist to
neutralize unwanted side-effects. These blends (formulas) consist of
principal herbs, assisting herbs, directional herbs, and herbs that
reduce the side effects, or aid the digestion of a particular herb.
Herbs can be ingested as boiled teas called decoctions (tang),
milled powders (san), pills (pian), tablets (wan),
granulated or tinctured extracts, or draughts (steeped like tea).
Topically, herbs are used in poultices, plasters, soaks, ointments,
washes, and fumigants (burning herbs).
The potent odors and flavors of Chinese herbs are legendary. Boiling the herbs and drinking the tea will provide the fullest experience of these medicines. Commonly, Chinese herbs are boiled for 20 - 40 minutes, the dregs are strained out and the "tea" is taken warm or at room temperature. Boiling times are averaged according to the composition of the formula. Flower and leaf will yield medicine in 10-20 minutes. Roots take 20 to 40 minutes; Shells and minerals must cook for at least one hour. A few herbs, like mint or tangerine peel, must be quick-boiled 3-5 minutes lest they loose their valuable volitile oils. These are added seperately to the boiling mixture just before completion.
The Chinese invented the pill. Chinese doctors were prescribing pills in the twelfth century, much as we do today. Ancient formulas were often prepared as pills made from milled herbs bound with water, honey, ginger juice, or other substances.
Theraputic dosages of powders or pills range between 3 - 10 grams daily. That's usually three to thirty pills, two or three times a day. That may seem like a lot of pills to take. But it's really only a few grams of herb powder. Our body perceives, and responds to herbal medicine as it does to food, not as it does to a hyper-concentrated chemical. Herbs are like vegetables, very powerful vegetables.
The “I Stop Pain” Acupuncture Center is owned by Registered Acupuncturists Tom Tian and Wei Yuan. Prior to moving to Halifax, we both worked as acupuncturists in hospitals in China and over many years have accumulated thousands of hours of clinical experience treating a wide variety of ailments. Upon immigrating to Canada we treated patients in our clinic in Vancouver, B.C. for two years until deciding to move to the east coast. We have been operating our new clinic in Halifax since 2007 and very much enjoy meeting and treating new patients here in the Maritime Provinces.