Herbal Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Between 25 and 45 million people in the United States suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Between 10 to 15 percent of people worldwide are affected by the disorder. Traditional Chinese medicine herbs may improve symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating and distension caused by IBS, according to a Cochrane Library systematic review. Learn more about the disorder and how traditional Chinese medicine can help. … Read More

What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical health care system comprised of a range of traditional therapies including, but not limited to: Acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, herbal medicine, nutrition, tui na massage and exercises (tai chi and qigong). … Read More

Trying to Conceive? A Look at the Effectiveness of Acupuncture and Fertility

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and herbal medicine, has long been used to manage pain, treat disease, boost fertility, and prevent miscarriage. … Read More

Tai Chi Improves Muscle Strength And Cardiovascular Health

Experienced practitioners of tai chi, the traditional Chinese mind-body exercise, have improved expansion and contraction of arteries (arterial compliance) and improved knee strength, according to a recent study. … Read More

Chinese Herbs For Allergies

Complementary and alternative medicine may give allergy and asthma sufferers new options for treating symptoms, according to allergists at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in Phoenix. … Read More

Back Pain Treatable With Herbal Medicine And Acupuncture

Many people experience back pain at some point in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the second most common neurological disorder in the United States, following headaches. A large proportion of individuals with back pain use complementary and alternative medicine therapies, such as herbal medicine and acupuncture. … Read More

Herbal Medicine: A Holistic Alternative

Herbal medicine, also called phytomedicine, utilizes a plant’s flowers, leaves, bark, berries, and roots for medical purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of allopathic medicine. It continues to become more mainstream as research shows the value of herbal medicine in disease prevention and treatment. … Read More

Chinese Herbal Medicine For Menstrual Cramps

Women with menstrual cramps are often offered either nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or oral contraceptives. Many women find that these treatments are not effective or they cannot take the drugs, and more women would prefer a non-drug alternative, such as Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been used for centuries in China, being used in public hospitals to treat abdominal cramping that occurs prior to or during menstruation (primary dysmenorrhea). CHM results in significant improvements in pain relief when compared to pharmaceutical drugs. Chinese herbal medicine reduces overall symptoms and is better at alleviating pain than heat compression and NSAIDs. Herbal interventions for the treatment of menstrual cramps are most effective when started 5 to 7 days before menstruation and continued for about 10 to 15 days—until the second day of menstruation or throughout menstruation. Chinese herbal medicine can: • Yield better pain relief than conventional pharmaceutical therapies. • Relieve pain better than over-the-counter herbal health products. • Improve overall symptoms more effectively than conventional treatments. • Reduce dependency on medications. Chinese herbal formulas are often more beneficial than single herb remedies because the herbs work synergistically for conditions such as menstrual cramps. Chinese herbal formulas can regulate the menstrual cycle, relieve cramps, nourish and strengthen blood circulation, and enhance the flow of qi, or vital energy. Replacing NSAIDs with Chinese herbs can minimize the risk of adverse side effects, such as upset stomach, heartburn and ulcers while keeping you pain-free. … Read More

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