About Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Recently, research has now verified that acupuncture can stimulate immune function, which can increase your resistance to bacterial and viral infections. It can dramatically increase overall vitality and energy and treat underlying causes for a deeper kind of healing. Acupuncture can effect profound changes in people’s lives on the emotional level as well.
- Balance hormones
- Increase vitality & energy
- Stabilize immune system
- Stress reduction & relaxation
- Pain control
- Weight loss
- Anti-aging & skin rejuvenation
- Cessation of smoking, alcohol, drug, & other addictions
- Enhance athletic & physical functions
- Regulates heart rate, blood pressure
About Herbal Medicine
Ancient Chinese herbal formulas are as effective now as they were when first introduced more than 2,000 years ago. Most formulas consist of single to mutiple different herbs. Formulas can treat a wide variety of symptoms while stimulating the body's natural healing process. Medical studies prescribing individualized complex herbal formulas have demonstrated excellent results with patients who fail to respond to conventional pharmaceutical treatments.
Formulas may be taken as teas, pills, capsules, granules, or tinctures depending on the patient and the recommendation of the practitioner. Chinese herbal medicine is generally safe and effective when prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine.
Usually acupuncture treatment works most effectively when combined with prescribed herbs and dosages. In fact, “many of the modern day drugs have been developed from these herbs such as the treatments for asthma and hay fever from Chinese ephedra, hepatitis remedies from schizandra fruits and licorice roots, and a number of anticancer agents from trees and shrubs...There are several herbal drugs that invigorate the energy, nourish the blood, calm tension and regulate menstruation, such as Bupleurum Sedative Pills and Women’s Precious Pills." There are over three hundred herbs that are commonly used today with a history that traces back at least 2,000 years.
Most Chinese herbs are usually used to help build and strengthen the body. The most commonly used herbs are Ginseng (人參, renshen), wolfberry, Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis, 當歸, tang-kuei or danggui), astragalus (黃耆, huangqi), atractylodes (白朮, baizhu), bupleurum (柴胡, chaihu), cinnamon(cinnamon twigs (桂枝, guizhi) and cinnamon bark (肉桂, rougui)), coptis (黃蓮, huanglian), ginger (薑, jiang), hoelen (茯苓, fuling), licorice (甘草, gancao), ephedra sinica (麻黃, ma-huang), peony (white: 白芍, baishao and reddish: 赤芍, chihhao), rehmannia (地黃, dihuang), rhubarb (大黃, dahuang), and salvia (丹參, danshen).
Also see: Dr Margaret Chan -- Director-General Of World Health Organization (WHO)'s speech: Address at the WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine (Nov 2008 Beijing): http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2008/20081107/en/index.html