Chinese herbs have been a big part of our recovery process. Since acupuncture is my “go to” when a health need arises, herbs are often prescribed to move along the healing process. (See more about our recent decision regarding health care here.)
Chinese herbs come in pill form, granules, and decocted versions. Herbs in general also include tinctures or extractions made with alcohol or glycerin. We have used herbs as an alternative to antibiotics in numerous cases.
Some suggest it’s best to stick to herbs native to your country and culture. (Something to keep in mind when considering adding herbs to any protocol.) I developed a trust in our acupuncturist, and with acupuncture in general, and, therefore, have been quite comfortable with them.
We have experienced help with nosebleeds, digestion, a urinary tract infection (which came after my first acupuncture treatment and the sudden release of toxins), and energy.
As our acupuncturist has explained, many of the formulas target a lurking or latent pathogen. A pathogen which lies dormant appears, and then disappears again. This is a good description of chronic illness. The goal then is to feed the system from the inside, push out the pathogen, expose it, and facilitate its exit from the body.
An example of a decocted herbal formula is as follows:
Xiau Chai Hu Tang (used in upper respiratory infections, influenzas, malaria, jaundice, headaches, dizziness, and more)
The specific herbs are as follows (the English version is italicized):
Chai Hu (Bupleurum)
Ban Xia (pinellia)
Huang Qin (Skullcap)
Ren Shen (Ginseng)
Zhi Gan Cao (licorice)
Sheng Jiang (Ginger)
The herbs are placed in a pot. Soaked for one hour. Brought to a boil and then simmered for 30 minutes. The liquid is poured into a jar, and more water is added, and the process is repeated.
I bought the herb cooker from our acupuncturist. Amazon offers several models found here.
One suggested method for finding a good acupuncturist is to find one with a background in Chinese herbs. Are herbs part of the treatment? If the answer is yes, this suggests a strong educational background. If acupuncture is only part of the practice, this could mean the practitioner lacks intensive training. Ask questions before making your first appointment.
Have you tried Chinese herbs? What has been your experience?