Herbal Treatments

In Asian countries, people have been using natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Due to their medicinal effects, these herbs are interchangeably called herbal medicine. The herbal medicine generally consists of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. It is well known that Oriental medicine has over 2000 years of history, and is a vital part of treatment. In the Asian countries, there are over 3000 different herbs that can be used for medical purposes. About 300 to 500 of these herbs are commonly used.

Over the thousands of years or usage, the herbal formulas and teas have been retained and further developed. Since the inception of herbal medicine, the beneficial healing effects, side effects, and contraindications have been well documented. It is quite rare that an herbal formula will illicit negative or harmful side effects, especially when prescribed by a well trained Oriental medicine practitioner.

Herbal formulas have been prescribed to adults, children, elderly, as well as pregnant and lactating mothers for thousands of years. When herbs are prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture, they complement each other quite nicely and produce a very effective treatment. Herbal medicine and acupuncture are both founded on the fundamental belief that there is an intrinsic connection between human beings, nature, and the cosmos.

Although herbal treatments are not very popular in the United States, they actually play an important role in the East. These treatments involving herbs are part of a complete medical system that is integrated into modern hospitals and clinics throughout most of Asia and many nations around the world.