Chinese Herbology

Chinese Herbology has a rich history that stretches back 5000 years. It is an important element of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is still a prevalent method used to maintain individuals’ health in China and beyond.

Chinese Herbology is the use of a selection of herbs, blended together to promote and maintain health. These blends, combined specifically for each individual, are similar to a football team with many types of players each having a different role. One herb in the blend might be the star quarterback, another may boost efficacy, while others still, may guide the blend to the area needing it most. It may be the combination of herbs or subcomponents that contribute to the overall effectiveness of Chinese Herbology.

Traditional Chinese Herbals show promising results for many of today’s health concerns. Dr. Gary Schwartz at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is currently studying the herb, Huang Lian, as a potential cancer treatment. The herb contains seven main compounds and 30 minor ones. Together, they are being shown to kill cancer by interfering with the cells development. Individually the compounds don’t have the same action.

Although Dr. Schwartz is studying a single herb, traditionally the norm of Chinese Herbology is to formulate a mixture of several herbs, each of which would not work as well on its own. The art is to match or adapt an existing formula to a client’s disharmony. The formula should be like a mirror reflection of that client’s imbalance of Qi. Not only does Chinese Herbology help relieve symptoms of disease, it also works to alleviate the underlying causes.