Part 2 | What is Chinese Medicine and Why You Should Learn More About It

In the last article, I introduced Traditional Chinese herbal medicine. This article will discover the benefits, costs, and how to find a qualified practitioner. Let’s begin with the benefits.
 
Benefits
Chinese herbal medicine is an art and science. It can treat various health conditions, provide preventative care, and improve overall health when prescribed correctly. Another great use of herbal medicine is a holistic approach to health, which considers the mind, body, and spirit. This holistic approach can be highly beneficial, as it can help to promote balance and harmony in all aspects of life.
 
Here are some common conditions treated with herbal medicine:
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer treatment side effects
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Digestion issues
  • Fatigue
  • General health and wellbeing
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Infertility
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Immune system regulation
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual or endometriosis pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Stress
Cost
After hearing all the great benefits, you’re probably considering trying Chinese herbal medicine and might wonder about the cost. After all, health and wellness can be expensive enough without adding in the price of herbs. But the good news is that Chinese herbs are generally very affordable, especially compared to other healthcare modalities. I have some excellent news for you. Some insurance companies will cover the cost of Chinese herbal medicine, so it’s worth checking your options. If you don’t have insurance, the cost of Chinese herbs is still relatively low compared to other types of alternative health care. So if you’re looking for a way to improve your health and wellness without breaking the bank, Chinese herbal medicine is definitely worth finding a qualified practitioner. We will get into that in a second.
 
Side effects
Are Chinese herbs safe? You’ll be happy to know that Chinese herbs are extremely safe when prescribed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. However, there are some general potential side effects to be aware of when taking them. Most are mild, including nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue. In some but few cases, more severe side effects can occur. These include allergic reactions, liver damage, and bleeding disorders. So if you’re considering starting Chinese herbs, find a qualified practitioner who will be able to customize a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. They will also be able to guide how to use herbs safely and effectively.
 
Qualified Practitioner
Now that you understand herbal medicine a little more. You are probably looking to embrace the power it offers. In that case, seeking a qualified and experienced practitioner is essential to ensure you receive the best care. Look for a certified or licensed practitioner in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine or Oriental medicine. Accredited schools of acupuncture + Oriental medicine offer programs ranging from 3-5 years in theory and clinical practice. Graduates must pass the rigorous national exams to become certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Are you ready? With the help of a qualified practitioner, you can experience the many benefits of Chinese herbal medicine and enjoy optimal health and wellbeing.

“The only way to optimal health is to take of yourself everyday – mentally, emotionally and physically.” 

Sheri Davidson, licensed acupuncturist (Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin) and Duke Integrative Medicine trained wellness coach, specializes in preventative medicine. She loves sharing her passion for wellness living and Eastern medicine through her blog, The Wellness Inspired Podcast, and practice, Element 5, Acupuncture + Wellness in Rice Village District of Houston, TX.  Also, Sheri currently serves on the Texas Medical Board of Acupuncture Examiners

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