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Chinese herbal medicine uses more than 300 herbs which have been consistently used for over 5,000 years making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world.. Despite centuries of knowledge gained perfecting the clinical application of herbs, many of the original formulas are still used today. More recently, rigorous studies have been conducted showing the ancient use of Chinese herbal medicine has many of the claimed actions and, as a result, can increase the effectiveness of modern drug treatments, reduce their side-effects, and sometimes replace them completely.

In China, the most common method of taking herbal therapy is to make a decoction (a strong tea that must be simmered for 20- 40 minutes). Since tea making is time consuming

and rather smelly, modern production techniques have been adopted to create herbal granules that only need to have hot water added, which makes the drinking of Chinese herbs incredibly easy.

The decision as to which herbs to give a patient is made after a thorough consultation where a Chinese medicine diagnosis is given. Between 8 and 14 herbs are then chosen to be given to the patient in the form of a tea, usually two times a day. Depending on the condition, other methods of taking herbs are also available including topical creams and oils, herbal enemas, as well herbal washes.

Scientists working in the past four decades have demonstrated that the herb materials contain active components that can explain many of their claimed actions. Modern drugs have been developed from the herbs, such as treatments for asthma and hay fever from Chinese ephedra, hepatitis remedies from schizandra fruits and licorice roots. However, the exciting part of Chinese herbal medicine is in the synergy created when combining multiple herbs together. Active components of one plant are modified when a second herb is added. So a herb might be used for a common cold but when used with another herb can be used for dry eyes. Modifications in the form of herb combining can accentuate an action or remove an unwanted one. As a result the herbal formulas that are prepared are highly individualised. Today’s pharmacologists now acknowledge the effectiveness of these multi-drug regimens and it for the treatment of HIV, AIDS, malaria, and MRSA patients. Despite being a relatively new concept in modern pharmaceuticals, the practice of adding herbs to accentuate and action or subdue a side effect is well practiced and very well documented in Chinese herbal medicine.

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