Benefits of Chinese Herbs

You’ve probably heard of TCM before or otherwise known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s the opposite of Western medicine. See, if you go to a doctor to complain about something like a nagging headache or a tummy ache what do you get? At the end of your consultation, your medical doctor will scribble something down on their prescription pad and explain that you need to take those drugs as prescribed if you want to feel better. Meanwhile, in TCM, instead of giving you pharmaceutical medications, they give you Chinese herbs. Although the modes of action of these herbs are not similar to drugs, they work much the same way, to ease the symptoms and treat the source of the problem. Let’s learn about Chinese herbs and why it’s good for the body.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that the body houses numerous invisible channels called meridians. Through these meridians, energy flows, which they call Qi. It is said that disease conditions are caused by an imbalance of energy within these meridians. The effect of Chinese herbs is to restore the energy balance of the body. When this is restored, health will be restored, diseases will be eradicated and the symptoms that go with them. Are herbs good for you? Let’s find out.

Reduces Inflammation

One of the benefits of taking Chinese herbs is it significantly lessens inflammation. This is very important since most diseases are caused primarily by inflammation. So when inflammation is addressed a host of diseases will be kept at bay. Examples of diseases that are caused by inflammation include cancer, autoimmune diseases, heart disease and diabetes mellitus. Aside from taking herbs, acupressure and acupuncture also helps in reducing inflammation.

Enhances Muscle Flexibility and Strength

Another reason to advocate Chinese herbs is the fact that it has been proven one too many times that taking them will greatly improve muscle flexibility and strength. Usually, we undergo strenuous physical training exercises to keep our muscles strong but do you know that TCM is an alternative way to enhance your muscles flexibility and strength? How cool is that?

Relieves You from Stress and Enhances Your Mental Health

Today’s fast-paced world can cause us to get stressed whether at home, at school or at work. Wherever we go stress seems to always find a way to get to us. Instead of popping pills to keep stress away why don’t you try Chinese herbs? According to studies and reports, taking Chinese herbs can help relieve you from stress and greatly improves your mental health.

Side Effects Are Significantly Minimal

We have nothing against pharmaceutical companies and the drugs they manufacture but we have to be honest, every drug you take has a slew of side effects. Your doctor will inform you about these side effects before you take them. This is where Chinese herbs gain the upper hand because there are only very few side effects when you take herbs. As a matter of fact, if there are any side effects, it’s just harmless.

Experience Better Sleep

Are you having trouble sleeping? Individuals whose quality of sleep is compromised can benefit from Chinese herbs. According to surveys, adults who take Chinese herbs experienced 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Getting enough sleep is important for proper blood circulation and it keeps you active and alert all throughout the day.

As you can see, you can benefit profoundly from taking Chinese herbs. However, before you take them make sure you do your research. Nevertheless, we are confident that because herbs are made of natural ingredients, you will be completely safe.

Dr. Ziki Dekel is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.), nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. It was his experience as a patient of acupuncture medicine, which prompted him to become a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, after receiving his B.A. from Brown University. Dr. Dekel has also practiced acupuncture at Saint Vincent’s Hospital. He currently owns and practices as Galapagos Acupuncture in Manhattan.