Chinese Herbal Medicine: Herbal Preparations

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Chinese Herbal Medicine: Herbal Preparations


The most frequent way to buy herbal remedies is in capsule or tablet form since it very simple to operate them this way. In China medical doctors devised many different methods to prepare medicinal herbal remedies for use. The most common way of applying herbs was your decoction or tea. But there are many other ways that herbs were used with regards to the situation or condition of the sufferer. We'll look at several different ways used in Chinese organic medicine to administer herbal remedies.
A decoction involves cooking herbs in water. Nevertheless there's much, much more to it than just boiling the herbs since the temperature of water and how long you cook the herbs are important factors. The basic instructions go such as this. To start you desire a textbox that will hold at least four cups of water. Traditionally the decoction was brewed in a ceramic pot. If you have one you can still do it this way.

If you avoid then you can use glass (pyrex) or metal steel. Iron (as in cast iron) is not recommended because as time passes you can get too much iron in the body. Light weight aluminum is not recommended either because it is associated with negative health results. Once you have your pot you need to add four cups of water combined with herbs that you want to make a tea out of. Turn heat up high and bring the drinking water to a boil. When it is boiling you will need to let it steam vigorously for five minutes. After a few minutes you can lower heat to a simmer and enable it cook for yet another 30-40 minutes. A lot of water will evaporate in the process, however, don't allow the remaining liquid target to less than two cups of tea. When your tea is prepared you can drink the remaining tea 2-3 times per day - if possible two hours before dishes.

The tea and herbal products that you do not drink should be chilled between use to prevent spoilage. Remember to warm up the tea when you take it off from the refrigerator since according to Chinese medical theory cool can injure your intestinal system.

After you surface finish all the tea you can cook the herbal products a second time exactly the same way and drink the tea. Following the second cooking the remains of the natural herbs can be discarded or composted. It should be noted though that some herbs need more preparing food and other herbs need less cooking. Roots and Rhizomes can be cooked properly a long time. Leaves and flowers don't need as long of course, if you have a mixture of herbs that contain roots, rhizomes, leaves, and flowers then starting preparing food the roots and rhizomes first then add the leaves and flowers during the last 15-20 minutes of preparation. It is also important to make your decoctions mindfully also. The tea will be used to heal your body so be aware of what you are doing. A great overcooked tea loses a lot of its therapeutic qualities and in the long run you may well not get the full benefit for the herbal concoction.
Supplements are a fairly easy and convenient way to work with herbs.

In ancient Cina the herbs were surface into a very fine powder that have been blended jointly with water, honey, flour, or rice paste and formed into a tablet. Most formulas produced in China and tiawan are still made into small black pills. Typically pills were used for debilitating diseases that required treatment over a long time frame or they were used for herbs that lose their actions when they are heated. Intended for example: the mineral Borneal, cannot be decocted as the heat will break it down into another compound so Borneal was usually added as an ingredient to pills. With modern equipment pills and tablets can be made with machinery. Usually some sort of excipient (binder) can be used to help support the pill or tablet collectively. An ingredient like cellulose fiber may be added to wick water into the tablet to help it break down in the digestive system. Generally there may also be a corn protein "Zein" used to coat the gadget to prevent degradation of the herbs and protect the tablet from being crushed. The do it yourselfer can purchase capsules and add herb powders. Products like the Cap-M-Quick make it easy to complete 50 capsules at any given time.

Elixirs are being used very commonly and are made by putting herbs in wine for just one week or longer. Wine beverages enhances circulation and also acts as an additive. Typically the longer you soak the herbs the more potent the Pocima.

When it is ready a tiny amount of the well prepared the wine is then sipped regularly. For example, Tiger Bone Wine was once used to treat arthritis or rheumatism. The bones were soaked for one month to one year. Since tigers are an endangered species gambling bones are no much longer used. Cat bones are substituted instead because they are of the same family.

It must be mentioned that what the Chinese call wine is different then the American or European product. Chinese wine or baijiu is a higher evidence alcohol with a significantly higher alcohol content than American or European wine. A little goes a long way.

It is not hard to make tonic herbal remedies formulas into tinctures. Only add the herbs into a jar containing a high proof alcohol and enable soak for two to three months. After that drink a shot as needed. Many formulas can be obtained from books or online. Writer Daniel Reid's book "A Handbook of Chinese Treatment Herbs" contains many tonic formulas.

Elixirs, by the way, are also known as tinctures. A more potent form is the herbal extract which entails heating the alcohol and is done commercially. This kind of is very dangerous though and wishes a self-contained system. Never try heating liquor at home.

A more unusual treatment is by by using a "Thread" which can be used for treating conditions such as polyps or hemorrhoid distress. A silk or organic cotton thread is soaked in a decoction of Chinese herbal medicine products and boiled. The line can now be used for braiding off of the polyp slowly which restricts the blood source. This causes the polyps to slowly but surely wither and fall off. The twine is changed every two to three days.

The "Fumigant" or smoke method is not used very much today. Herbs were burned together to create smoking which the patient then would breathe. In old China they also located a decoction in a wooden keg and stored it boiling. The patient was put over it so they could breathing the vapor of the decoction. Using a poison was also one method of treating asthma. A few herbs were burned and were capable of preventing and asthma attack after 30 mins.

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