The Secrets of Chinese Herbs in Herbal Therapy

The ancient Chinese civilisation was one of the four original great civilisations of mankind alongside India, Babylon and Egypt.

Archaeological discoveries show that the first Chinese villages and cities began to spring up around 5000 years ago and along with them, agriculture. The Chinese cultivated land to grow crops for food and medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been the standard system of health in China for 2500 years. It includes the used of acupuncture, exercise, dietary therapy and herbal medicines. Each of these is an article on its own, so today we’ll focus on the use of Chinese herbs.


Common Chinese Herbs Used Today

Chinese herbs have been used and their effects documents for thousands of years. Ancient books list hundreds of herbs and what they treat. Here are the top 10 most effective herbs commonly used today:


  1. Ciwujia – This Chinese herb has strong anti-inflammatory compounds that help protect the body from premature ageing, fatigue and invigorates the user.
  2. Ginseng – Commonly used in the West as an aphrodisiac but its benefits extend to the reproductive systems of both male and female.
  3. Black and Red Reishi Mushrooms – Effective as an immune system booster that increases white blood cell vitality and relaxes the body.
  4. Lotus Seed – Improves spleen and kidney function, treats diarrhoea and stimulates appetite.
  5. Astragalus – Found in medical writings for 4000 years, Astragalus has been used to treat wounds, preventing infection and speeding up the healing process.
  6. Dang Gui – Dang Gui is a muscle relaxant and is used to treat heart-related problems like angina, hypertension and irregular heartbeat.
  7. Lingzhi – Primarily used as a nerve tonic, research has proven that this Chinese herb improves the function of the central nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  8. Da Huang – An effective laxative but must be boiled for at least an hour before consumption or abdominal cramping will occur.
  9. Albizzia Flower and Bark – Chinese herbalists have long used this tree to treat those complaining about emotional imbalance and anxiety.
  10. Alisma – This herb is a very effective diuretic for anybody battling to urinate.

Benefits of Chinese Herbs

The benefits of Chinese herbs have been well documented over a period of thousands of years. Chinese herbalists have discovered their healing properties through test and measure techniques and they are still used at the core of Chinese Traditional Medicine today.

Patients suffering from frequent colds or flu, chronic asthma, fatigue, depression, allergies, insomnia, chronic pain and anxiety have all been helped using Chinese herbal remedies.

Trained herbalists prescribe combinations of herbs with the aim of returning the body to Homeostasis (balance). This assists the body’s natural healing properties, enabling it to heal much of the unexplained symptoms many people live with.

Dr Sanua treats the body holistically and makes use of natural therapies, including Chinese herbs, to help the body heal. If you are interested to know how he can help you contact us today to book an appointment.


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