Every year, alternative and herbal medicines are becoming more popular. This is especially true of Chinese herbs. In fact, many Western medicine practitioners are receiving training in alternative medicine to use it in conjunction with mainstream procedures.
One of the main sources of discomfort for one-third of Americans–every month–is joint pain. As a result, an increasing number of people are looking for alternative means of treatment to put an end to their suffering.
One of the most widely used alternative treatments for arthritis is herbal therapy. In fact, this form of natural medicine has been used for centuries. This is probably why more joint pain sufferers seek herbal treatments as a topical pain reliever.
With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments, there are over 5,767 substances in use. When creating formulations, each herb is added to create a balanced solution that is holistic in nature. In addition, there are thousands of herbal formulas available for almost every condition.
The TCM practitioner ensures that the formula is designed to address every aspect of the condition in a natural way.
While Western medicine is still considered the dominant practice for pain and illness, Chinese herbal treatments have been around for thousands of years. It’s amazing that we still consider them “new age.”
The roots of TCM dates back to the Zhou Dynasty–or, around 3,000 years ago. Some of the earliest practices of herbal medicine were found in two graves from the Han Era–which, is 202 B.C.E. to 220 C.E. Yet, TCM also incorporates massage, diet and exercise therapy.
Furthermore, the practitioners of Chinese medicine rely on the principles of yin and yang to maintain balance in the body.
The market for traditional Chinese medicines has become a billion-dollar industry. The reason is: packaging and convenience. In the past, customers who wanted a natural calming remedy for their babies had to boil a combination of herbs and insects for an hour.
Now, you can buy this remedy quickly–in tea-bag form. It also only takes around two minutes to prepare. Other popular products include snake bile and caterpillar fungus. A treatment for insomnia and asthma is mushroom powder.
Natural, herbal remedies just make you feel better overall because you are not worried about the potential for addictions or adverse effects from unspecified and unfamiliar chemicals. And, you can always use herbal remedies along with Western treatments as needed.
There are many ways TCM practitioners infuse and create herbal formulations. Some are quite lengthy and result in a “tea” preparation for ease of use and ease of packaging.
There are also herbal powders that can be mixed with hot water before use. Then, there are massage oils and ointments. Yet, they are all designed to address the root cause of the issue.
On the other hand, OTC analgesics, NSAIDS and more only offer temporary relief by disrupting your body’s pain-signaling responses. This means you must take a pain reliever each time you are in pain.
In contrast, Chinese herbal remedies can offer a chance at a real solution.
There really isn’t anything “new age” about medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It may be new to those in the Western world, but it is not new to the billions of people who have benefited from these types of treatments.