Chinese herbal medicine involves natural healing

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Chinese herbal medicine which is also referred to as traditional Chinese herbal medication has been in existence for thousands of years and it is well recognized by every generation that has been around.  As a matter of fact, majority of the medicines we so idolize, respect and utilized are foundations of Chinese traditional healing formula and alternative medicine.  It can also be found in Korea, Japan, USA and other parts of the world.

Research on this traditional herbal medicine started in the early nineteen fifties and testings are still continuing at present time.  This was made possible after the settlement of the civil war in 1948 due to the involvement of the Communist Government of China who assessed the performance of traditional medicine and sanctioned its continued use and development.

Today, it plays a very important role in allopathic medicine as well as traditional medicine all over the globe.  It also provides medication to nearly two billion persons in Europe, Far East Asia as well as the former Soviet Union. In regards to the USA, about ten thousands acupuncturists are board certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Foundation principles of
Chinese herbal medicine

Traditional Chinese herbal is founded on a set of principles that are referred to as foundation principles. The development of these principles started about 2000 BC and 4000 BC and currently, there is still a steady progress of these principles even though some of them are not compatible.

Traditional Chinese herbal medication also has its roots in Taoism and Taoism is a religion and a philosophy.  The Taoists, with an observant record of 2500 years detected the natural laws of the universe as well as the implications for human being’s relationship to the universe, the Taoists came up with the following fundamental principles:

  • The Universe is govern by natural laws.
  • The natural order of the Universe is organized as well as harmonious.
  • Change is constant and the Universe is dynamic.
  • Every life is co-dependent to each other.
  • Human beings are not outside of the Universe but they make up a part it. We are intimately connected to the environment and thus the Universe.

These principles are deemed the precept of existence and they shape the foundation for Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, and also Qi which are the primary engines of Chinese herbal medicine.

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