Chinese herbal treatments have been in use since ancient times. These treatments are based on the analysis of the body mechanism which is based on the principles of Daoism. The treatment of various illnesses is based on the diagnosis and the symptoms. The treatment of an illness using Chinese herbs acts on the body internally. Along with herbal treatments, several other remedial measures, such as acupuncture, qigong exercise, and lifestyle management may also be prescribed as part of the treatment process.
Chinese herb therapy has gained a significant amount of interest recently, simply because of the absence of side-effects from the treatments. This is because, the treatments are taken in a whole food form. This way, the drugs are not reduced to their chemical fundamentals (as is the case in Western medicine).
Sometimes, herbal treatment may produce effects which may seem like side effects. However, what is really happening is that the body is detoxifying, and the symptoms worsen before they completely disappear.
Chinese herb treatment comes in the forms of teas, granule teas, capsules, tablets, and formulas. The boiling of teas is often the most effective method used. However, these take a long preparation time. The teas are usually not all that tasty, but one can add sugar or lemon or juice to it to enhance the taste. Capsules, tablets, and formulas are often used to treat chronic problems, but work slowly. The system aims to restore the balance of the 5 elements in the body.
Dried bilberry fruit and bilberry tea are known to be effective against diarrhea, and cause relief with nausea and indigestion. It is also said to improve vision. It can also be helpful in the treatment of vascular diseases. The leaves of the bilberry plant have sugar-lowering properties, and help patients suffering from diabetes. Chamomile tea is well known for its soothing and sedative properties. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
Dong quai has been used since ancient times to help regulate the menstrual cycles of women, and also treat menopausal symptoms. However, the herb also helps strengthen the heart, liver, kidneys, and spleen. This makes it an excellent tonic for both, men and women. Licorice has been used to cure coughs and sore throats. It can also help soothe the symptoms of an ulcer. Goji berries are famous as an anti-aging herb. They strengthen the immune system, and are used in treatments for kidney, liver, eye, and skin problems.