Traditional Chinese medicine is in some aspects similar to the European one, but there are radical differences. Analog of pharmaceuticals in the European sense of Chinese medicine is a herbal medicine – natural (natural) drugs of animal and plant lineages.
Surgery, in a sense, replaces therapeutic massage (although it usually has a therapeutic effect).
The most significant difference between traditional Chinese medicine from a Western analogy is the frequent use of acupuncture, in relation to the points of the “motion of life energy”. Sometimes, Chinese medicine is perceived as a separate activity – acupuncture and acupuncture. The truth is, similar treatment of European medicine did not know until the direction of reflexology.
From all these parts of traditional medicine of China, the least mistrust, on the part of the West, exposed section of phytotherapy. It is likely that this is due to the mechanism of action of herbal medicines, more understandable, as natural products were used in Europe much earlier synthetic medicines.
Traditional Chinese and other alternative medicine
Sometimes the concepts of “traditional” and “popular” when it comes to medicine confused. Most importantly their razlichie that the second has any written sources (descriptions, instructions, recipes, treatises, collections), and folk medicine lives in the oral tradition of knowledge. Written sources convey the methods and formulations to more accurately and fully. Continue reading
World of plants – the greatest miracle of nature, the realm of beauty and healing our wealth. In the structure of the biosphere the entire animal world can be considered as the consuming organs, and vegetable – as energostrategia producing. Thus, the role of plants in human life is difficult to overestimate. In General it is a powerful component of physical and mental health of humans and animals. It is known that since ancient times plants were used as therapeutic and prophylactic agents. For thousands of years in every region of the selected plants for these purposes, created a healing and preventive recipes (India, Tibet, China, Mongolia).
The interest in medicinal plants and preparations from them is determined by the entire lifestyle of humanity. The harmful effects of chemicals found in the environment, synthetic drugs, to which man is not adapted evolutionary, chemical food additives lead to allergic diseases.
In connection with the above, it is highly relevant to the issues of resource discovery and extraction of these drugs, possessing tonic, adaptive, antioxidant and other activities. They are necessary for rehabilitation, prevention, protection from stress, for correction of some physiological functions in Oncology, geriatrie etc. As shown by experimental studies, many of medicinal plants used in folk medicine for allergic conditions, have a pronounced antihistamine activity, such as the common cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) . Essential oils and terpenoid fractions of wild rosemary (Ledum palustre) in acute inflammatory conditions hinder the development of vascular abnormalities and associated exudative phenomena. Continue reading
Rhubarb is a perennial, quite voluminous herbaceous plant of the family Polygonaceae. In appearance the plant is similar to burdock, and the taste of sour Apple. It is unpretentious, accustomed in absolutely any ground conditions. In addition, it does not take much space in Your garden or summer cottage, but will bring You many benefits. The stalks of rhubarb need to be watered at least once in ten days. You should also know that the plant was poorly stored, so try to use it as soon as possible. In addition, it is not recommended to store raw materials in iron and copper containers.
Maturation of rhubarb is in early spring, exactly the time when the human body needs vitamins. And then the plant will be more than ever.
Harvesting of medicinal raw materials
In folk medicine used mainly the root of the plant. Do not use too young roots, wait a couple of years. More useful will be the plant that is not less than four years. Procure raw materials recommended in late summer, early autumn period. It is not advisable to apply for therapeutic purposes, the roots were collected in November or even later. The later You decide to collect the roots of plants, the greater the likelihood that it already does not have great medicinal properties. Continue reading