Herbal medicine is an integral component of
traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is also one of the oldest (and most popular)
forms of health care. Studies have shown that as much as 40% of all American adults
use herbal products, with the amount of money spent on herbal remedies in this
country each year in the tens of billions. The use of herbal medicine is even
higher overseas, with some countries reporting a usage rate of 75% or greater.
The term "herbal medicine" refers to the use of a plant's seed, berries,
roots, leaves, bark or flowers for medicinal purposes. While the scientific study
of herbs in the United States began just over two centuries ago, herbs and botanicals
have been used to treat a wide range of health problems in Asia for thousands
When used to facilitate healing in chronic, ongoing problems,
herbal medicine has a great deal to offer. Studies have shown that herbal products
can treat a variety of conditions, including colds, digestive disorders, insomnia,
headaches, arthritis, skin disorders, asthma, and a host of other problems usually
treated with pharmaceuticals and prescription medications.
More listings of herbs, vitamins and supplements will become available in the near future. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed on this site,
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