Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. Reputable practitioners do not use medicines derived from illegally acquired wildlife flora and fauna. It is used in many societies and is common to a most cultures.
Herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation, which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant. Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modeled on, or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication digoxin derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).
Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects.
Chinese herbs are commonly used to treat disorders such as:
- Digestive problems
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Gynaecological disorders
- Hepatic (liver) disorders
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Allergies and autoimmune disorders.