If one were to study the molecular composition of Chinese herbal formulas and the conditions for which they are prescribed, a comparison could be made between their efficacy and that of their Western, chemically-created counterparts.
Naturally Occurring Ingredients
The educated observer would duly note that Chinese herbal formulas are generally as effective as their Western counterparts, but with one very important difference – they are composed of naturally occurring ingredients. That being said, one must understand that Chinese herbal formulas should not be abused by the common person, and should only be prescribed by a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine who has studied both Western pharmacology and Chinese Herbology from an accredited university.
Contraindications of herbs and herbal formulas to both certain foods and Western medications must be taken into account prior to prescribing any herbal formula for a patient. For example, a cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy or taking prescription drugs or injections for hormonal suppression MUST be certain that the herbal formulas they are being prescribed by their herbologist are not suppressing the effects of the Western medications they are being given to fight cancer.
Suffice it to say, there are herbal formulas that can be prescribed to avoid taking certain Western medications. For example, there is a very simple herbal formula that is quite effective for lowering cholesterol; in many cases, with proper dietary and lifestyle modifications, a person can stave off synthetic statins by taking a daily tea composed of these two herbs.
Herbal formulas can be prescribed as teas that are either precooked at a Chinese herbal pharmacy and vacuum-packed or prepared at home. They can also be administered in the form of tiny tea pills or tablets, as granules (powder form) which can be stirred into water or any other liquid. External salves, liniments and soaks can be prescribed for external conditions, gynecological conditions such as yeast infections, dermatological conditions and muscle aches to name a few. Dosages are managed every few days, each week or every two weeks, depending on the patient’s condition and reaction to the ministration.
Hospitals in China and other countries have been administering Chinese herbal formulas in a refined form via intravenous (IV) for many years. For cardiac patients, the all-natural herbal formula is administered in IV form instead of chemically created digitalis. Prior to being prescribed any Chinese herbal formulas, please inform your Chinese herbalist of any Western medications or supplements you are currently taking in order to ensure your safety.
The combined modalities of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can be quite effective for the treatment of a myriad of health conditions.