Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Herbs are the basis of Pharmacology – Modern Medicine Theory.

Chinese herbs are one of the many tools that Chinese Medicine offers to treat an imbalanced human body. The use of herbs in China has been a part of Chinese culture for thousands of years.

Hundreds of herbs and substances have been documented in Chinese Medicine, which have been and are still used to treat a variety of medical conditions, from colds and flu, to internal diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, various diseases of women and more. Today in China, Herbal Medicine is an integral part of the traditional medical system, and it is a treatment method in modern hospitals.

What is special about Chinese plants?

In Chinese herbology, we look at the plant differently and diagnose the different qualities it has to treat the various disharmonies in the body.

Parts of the plant – The plants are grown in different parts of China, and are collected according to the season in which the plant is at its peak of “therapeutic potential. The different parts of the plant are also harvested only while they are ripe for it, so that in one plant, of which we use several parts, each part will be harvested or shortened at a different time. All this to maintain the therapeutic qualities of each part of the plant.

Temperature – The Chinese have seen that each plant has its own temperature. The plant temperature scale index ranges from very cold to very bready, with between the two poles there are plants that are slightly cooler, slightly warm and even neutral plants. It is very important for the therapist to adjust the plants to the patient by looking at the temperature of the plant and the tendency of the patient. That is, a patient who is sensitive to cold, the therapist will suit him more warming plants, unlike a patient suffering from a fever to which we are given cool plants.

Flavors – Each plant has its own taste when each flavor has a different therapeutic tool.

  • Spicy: Plants with a spicy taste have a strong dispersal ability. They are used to dissipate energy and blood, are good for treating diseases like the flu and colds, and stop pain.
  • Sour: The quality of the sour plants is the opposite of that of the spicy and therefore they cause shrinkage. These plants are useful in situations of multiple secretions, spontaneous sweating and Bitter: The bitter taste has the ability to lower the energy downwards and is therefore good in situations of severe headaches and feeling hot in the upper part of the body. Some of these plants also have the ability to heal urinary incontinence.
  • Sweet: The sweet taste causes the energy movement to rise, so they will be good in situations of weakness and depression. Plants with a delicate sweet taste benefit the digestive system, as opposed to foods with a strong sweet taste such as cookies and pies, which can actually harm the digestive system.
  • Bitter: The bitter taste has the ability to lower the energy downwards and is therefore good in situations of severe headaches and feeling hot in the upper part of the body. Some of these plants also have the ability to heal diarrhea.
  • Salty: The salty taste also lowers, so it is also used as a laxative. It also has the ability to soften lumps and accumulations such as guitars and cysts.
  • Treat: These are basically plants that are “tasteless”, and these plants usually change.

Organs and meridians – Chinese medicine looks at certain organs in our body such as the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs and heart, when each organ has Chinese functions in the human body. When one or more organs in the body are out of balance, they do not do their job in the body and bring the person into a state of illness. Herbal Medicine has the ability to affect the internal organs and the energetics of the organ and its function. Each organ has plants that enhance each and every function of the organ, they give life to the organ, and affect the meridian that belongs to it.

What is an herbal formula?

The treatment of herbs is done only by a qualified therapist and after an accurate questioning and diagnosis of the patient.

Chinese Medicinal Herbs

When we want to treat with the help of Chinese herbs, a formula consisting of several plants is almost always built for the patient and not a single plant is given. The advantages of this method are that Chinese Medicine recognizes “synergistic” qualities in plants, that is, qualities which together give a stronger power than each one individually, and therefore the plants reinforce each other’s action.

Another advantage is that there are plants that moderate or protect the body from overactivity of another plant or plants that neutralize unwanted activity of any plant that may be strong in one area but has a third effect in another area.

The formulas are based on classic prescriptions from veteran Chinese doctors, with the therapist usually making some changes to be precise in the treatment and tailoring the formula to a specific patient. The Chinese formulas are tailored to each patient individually, and include reference to his multi-systemic condition, in addition to the main complaint, so that a very high level of therapeutic effect can be achieved.

What conditions can be treated with Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs, such as acupuncture, treat a very wide range of problems, especially in internal medicine – such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, joint diseases, menstrual problems, mental conditions and more.

How to take the plants?

Herbs come in several forms of taking:

RAW – live plants that must be cooked in water according to detailed instructions.

Tincture – the extraction of plants by alcohol and cooking in water.

Powder – Grinding powder formula.

Capsules – Preparing powder and inserting it into capsules.

The form of administration and dosage of the drug is determined by the therapist according to the patient’s condition.

Are the plants safe?

The plants are grown in China and arrive in the country after stringent tests in the US that include FDA approval. There are more than 200 Chinese plants in use in the country, in China the variety is even greater. You are already familiar with some of the Chinese plants – such as cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, wormwood, mint, orange peel and more. Herbal treatment is safe when done by a qualified and experienced herbalist. When the treatment is not done by a professional, the plants can not only not benefit the person but even harm him.


This is the place to draw the attention of users of herbs in general and Chinese herbs in particular – do not lighten your head and do not take herbal remedies without consulting a doctor or expert in the field. Medicines made from herbs contain a concentrated active ingredient, the properties of which must be known and studied. Before treating plants it is advisable to bring a list of medications you are taking in order to avoid contraindications and drug-drug activity, which may be harmful instead of beneficial.


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