Chinese Herbal Medicine
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE is central to and one of the eight limbs of Oriental medicine, originating several thousands of years ago. Some of the formulas prescribed are based on original formulas dating back to 200 AD. Addressing disharmonies of the internal organs and fluids of the body, it can be applied internally and externally. The Chinese Materia Medica contains several thousand substances being of plant, animal and mineral origin. Most substances used are from the plant kingdom, utilizing various parts of the plant including the stem, leaves, flowers, bark, root, rhizome, seeds and fruit. The practitioner prescribes a formula that is tailored specifically to the condition of your body at that time, combining various herbs based on the taste, temperature and which channel (meridian) the herb enters. The art of combining Chinese herbs is an intricate and sophisticated system that is learned over many years of study. The mixture of herbs is formulated to allow the herbs to work together in harmony and to balance each other; rarely is a single herb prescribed. The herbs are administered in various forms such as decoctions, powders, pills, capsules, medical wines, tinctures, syrups, salves, washes, lotions and plasters. They are usually prescribed for a week or two at a time.
Tea Ceremony, Tokyo