Chinese Herbs Vs. Western Herbs

Chinese Herbal Medicine Prescriptions Vs. Western Herbs

The difference between the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and Western herbal medicine is an important distinction to be aware of.  The main difference is who the herbs are prescribed, and how the practitioner diagnoses the patient.  Here are some of the key differences.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

The tradition of Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years, and has been handed down from practitioner to practitioner thru the ages.  This was the only “medicine” (not including acupuncture and other branches of TCM) China had for the treatment of the people.  The empirical evidence of how effective these herbs were at treating a wide variety of diseases and conditions was ( & still is) widely known.

However, the paradigm thru which these herbs are prescribed is the primary difference between TCM and western herbal medicine.

Chinese medicine is prescribed based on your energetic constitution and current energetic pattern presentation.

The main distinction to be made is that Western herbal medicine is (for the most part) prescribed based on the biomedical indications (symptoms) of the patient. For example, if a patient comes in and has a common cold, the WESTERN herbalist might commonly prescribe echinacea to strengthen the immune system.  Now some of the European research on echinacea shows that it is a powerful boost to killer T cells (when used in a purified form and given via IV) a part of the immune system that kills pathogenic organisms in the body).  However, if one “self” prescribes an echinacea product, you have to be sure you are taking the correct species, and part of the plant (i.e. root, flower, etc), and that the herb is prepared properly in order to get the maximum benefit.