For thousands of years humanity depended on natural substances in the environment to improve and support health. Traditional chinese medicine has a rich and long history using natural medicinals. The cataloguing and development of Chinese herbs and formulas is vast and extremely sophisticated.
Chinese medicinal formulas are all carefully put together with indications and interactions considered for each component that exists within the formula itself. The traditional medicinal language of herbology is one that employs the concept of energy, or energy medicine. However, this does not take away from the very real influence that herbs can have on the human body. Many, if not most, of the herbs in the Chinese pharmacopoeia have strong immune enhancing properties as well as a long list of antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiparasitic and antiviral properties.
As a modern-day acupuncturist and herbalist, I consider both the energetic properties of these herbs and their modern-day empirical functions. In an age where we are running out of antibiotics and at a time when antivirals are extremely useful for the common cold and influenza strains, the use of natural medicinals is not to be ignored.