A key to success in TCM is the treatment of each patient as an individual.
Chinese medicine recognizes that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well being and happiness.
The historical roots of modern western pharmacology were embedded in herbal medicine
Aspirin was originally derived from the bark of willow trees, morphine from the seeds of poppy flowers, penicillin from fungus, quinine from the bark of the cinchona tree, and digitalis from the leaves of foxglove. Pharmaceutical laboratories continue to extract active ingredients from plant materials (a quarter of modern prescription drugs include plant extracts) as well as prepare wholly synthetic compounds. Yet by the time we see the white aspirin tablet imprinted with a brand name , or a vial of morphine, the willow tree and poppy field have slipped from view and been forgotten. About three-quarters of the world’s people still rely on traditional medicine today.
The herbal formula is designed to treat the condition and bring the body and mind back to a state of balance and health
It is not simply aimed at masking symptoms such as pain or insomnia. For instance, a person who comes for treatment for chronic headaches because they have developed tolerance to pharmaceutical pain killers might receive an herbal formula that does not contain any pain killing active ingredients. The headaches soon become milder and less frequent until they disappear altogether. This is truly the marvel of Chinese herbology, as the cure is achieved through tailoring a formula to the person and not just the disease, and using the herbs wholly, with their entire arsenal of active compounds rather than synthesized version of a single active compound.