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Western Herbology

Western herbology is a vast study, but everyone should know something about the herbs that are available to us. Unlike in China, in the West many herb are used singly, just by themselves. Some examples are elderberry for viruses, ginger for digestive upset, cinnamon for blood sugar imbalances. Many of the spices in our kitchens are actually medicinal herbs that can be used for healing. Herbs are often grouped according to their therapeutic actions. A few examples out the of 43 separate actions are: antimicrobial herbs that treat bacterial infections, adaptogenic herbs that act to strengthen the body and increase resistance to stress, cholagogue herbs that stimulate the flow of bile from the gallbladder to the duodenum and nervine herbs that relax and sooth the...

Chinese Herbology

Chinese Herbology Herbology is traditionally one of the more important modalities utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient's Yin Yang conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the brew will be ineffective. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are more important than the effect of individual ingredients. A key to success in TCM is the treatment of...