Chinese Herbal Medicine at GoodMedizen
This history of Chinese Herbal Medicine dates back more than 5000 years and is attributed to Emperor Shen Nong (2696 BC). Considered the father of Chinese agriculture, Emperor Nong tasted hundreds of herbs to gain an understanding of their medicinal properties. This knowledge was then passed down through the generations, originally via word of mouth and then finally with the first written record in 1200 BC.

Considered one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chinese herbal medicine is complementary to other branches of TCM, like acupuncture and massage. Consisting of natural dried leaves, bark, flowers, and roots, Chinese herbs possess a variety of characteristics to help the body in a myriad of ways. Most commonly, Chinese herbs are taken in the form of teas or pills.

Chinese herbal medicine has virtually zero side effects and yields beneficial results. In particular, it is good for promoting the body’s ability to heal and recuperate. Some of the specific benefits of Chinese herbs include reducing inflammatory agents in the body, stimulating the body to release endorphins (natural pain-relieving chemicals), regulating the immune system, enhancing the effect of cancer treatment, and helping to control and/or reduce the side effects of cancer therapies.

At GoodMedizen, we prescribe a personalized combination of different herbs for patients to directly target different areas of imbalance within the body and, thus, restoring harmony. Talk with your practitioner about how Chinese herbal medicine can help you.