Traditional and modern forms of Chinese medicines – TCM

Chinese herbalists prepare drug formulas in a standard manner (in daily use there are several thousand of them), they are gradually adapted to the type of patient’s disease and to his physical condition. Such a prescription may contain more than 30 different ingredients. Many potions contain plant products, as well as minerals and raw materials of animal origin. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), drug ingredients are grouped by energy; Yin and Yang. Sedatives symbolize Yin, warming up and strengthening Yang. Medicinal raw materials are obtained from plants in full growth, because then they contain the most vitamins, minerals and active substances.

Chinese herbs and their various forms.

What types of pills are there:

Traditional pills produced from a combination of medicaments in combination with water, honey, rice paste or wax as binders and astringents. The paste-like substances were made oblong by placing it between two concave parts of a special device, and then, after forming, they were cut into fine small discs and allowed to harden.

Currently, China produces tablets from powdered herbs or liquid herbal extracts in combination with astringents with or without sugar coating. Typically, pills and concentrated tablets are considered the most effective of the traditional forms of manufactured drugs. The pill-tablet dissolves slowly, the absorption frequency of the active ingredients is slow and the therapeutic effects are prolonged.

For patients who take larger amounts of tablets, concentrated herbs they make it easier because the concentration of medicinal substances is several times higher than in natural herbs, and the product obtained in this way has any nutritional properties , quickly penetrates into the bloodstream, accelerating the healing effect in case of diseases.

Water pills

In the production of traditional water pills, boiling water was used and a bamboo tray with powdered medicament was shaken over hot steam, for example, until a thickened paste was obtained, from which pills of various sizes were formed and subjected to a drying process. Water pills dissolve faster and are used to treat stomach and intestinal ailments. At present, water pills are manufactured using modern equipment.

Honey pills

The traditional methods of producing honey pills are basically the same as the current production method. As in the past, and today, powdered medicinal substances are poured into the boiling honey and, after mixing, the appropriate size pills are formed. In the past, they were made by hand, now this activity is performed by special devices. Honey is not only a binding ingredient, although it occupies 50% of the weight of the formed pill, but contributes to its medicinal value. Honey is credited with moisturizing the lungs, suppressing coughing, moisturizing the intestines, and relieving constipation. It also increases the palatability of the drug, prevents the loss of moisture and subsequent hardening of the pill during longer storage. Currently, honey pills are placed in waxy shells.

Water and honey pills

Honey water pills are the most common form of pills in China. The methods of production do not differ from the traditional methods of their preparation. Honey and water are used as ingredients that bind healing powders. Honey and water pills are slow to dry, which makes them more stable than pills made from honey alone, is also low in moisture and easier to store.

Wax pills

Beeswax was used as a connecting agent. Used when the ingredients of the drug were toxic substances. They were produced in various sizes. Larger ones were dissolved in warm water or warm wine before use. The smaller ones were swallowed with warm water or wine. Currently, wax pills are not widely used.

Rice pills

Made from rice flour mixed with powdered herbs and a little water. The paste substances were shaped into oblong “rollers” from which the pills were formed. So formed, it was dried at high temperature. Compared to wax pills, they dissolve faster and contribute to reducing possible side effects and easier digestion.

Powders

It is obtained from dried or fresh parts of plants by crushing or grinding them until a fine herb is obtained. They are added to various forms of drugs or used directly. This is a good way to step in and allow the body to get used to the dose. Medicinal minerals and raw materials of animal origin are also prepared in the form of powders. Currently, powders are most often placed in gelatin capsules. When used externally, the powdered herbs are mixed with alcohol, vinegar, sesame oil, milk or water. Alcohol improves blood circulation and relieves pain. The oil prevents the skin from drying out. Vinegar / this mucus and fluid secretion. Milk prevents the skin from drying out and has nourishing properties. Some powders can be blown directly into, for example, the ear, nose, eyes (given inside the lower eyelid), and can be sprinkled over food or medicinal teas. When used directly, powdered herbs are often more effective than regular pills.

Extracts

They are made by combining – mixing medicinals, e.g. powdered herbs with vinegar, with pure grain alcohol (60%) or massage oil. The use of alcohol extract enhances the healing effects of herbs and improves blood circulation. Herbal extracts are rubbed into the skin. They are used to treat joint, muscle and ligament pain as well as rheumatism.

Granules

Granules are a convenient form of taking. Traditionally, they were made by mixing powdered grated herbs in combination with rice or flour paste. After small lumps were formed and dried, they were again crushed into fine particles. Currently, the production of granules in China uses modern technology using starch as a binding agent, thanks to which the granules have a higher healing power than those produced by the traditional method.

Capsules

Made from gelatin, they are also a convenient way to take herbs, especially if they are unpleasant to the taste. They contain powders or liquid extracts made from medicinal substances. For ease of swallowing and faster absorption, they should be taken with warm water or tea. They are used when a drug requires quick action.

Globules and suppositories

The traditional suppository was made of a mixture of powdered herbs with an astringent additive. After forming, it was dried until reaching a thick and compact consistency. Vegetable or animal fats were used as a binding agent. When inserted into the anus, it dissolves easily, releasing medicinal substances.

Suppositories are used to treat hemorrhoids, cysts, intestinal disorders and to remove toxic substances.

Globules are produced in a similar way, they are mainly used vaginally. They heal inflammation, irritation and tumors.

Syrups

They usually contain concentrated herbal decoctions mixed with honey, sugar syrup or alcohol. They are produced as tonic, anti-cough remedies to treat sore throats and replenish blood. The syrup is a convenient remedy for children.

Slices

A traditional patch was made from a piece of fabric or animal skin, and allowed to harden after application of the medicated paste. Medicinal pastes were made similar to ointments, herbal mixtures were fried in sesame oil or animal fat and then filtered. The patch produced in this way had to be warmed and softened before use.

Today’s patches are essentially the same as their traditional counterparts. Only the quality of the materials used for coating with medicinal paste and the method of its production have been improved – they do not require heating before application. The surface of the treated skin should be washed – the best warm bath. The patch has a healing effect from 4 to 5 days, if necessary, you can stick a new one. Discontinue use if there is a distinct reddening, itching, or irritation of the skin. All patches, both traditional and modern, should not be applied to open wounds or inflamed areas of the skin, especially where exudate is present.

Medicated plasters are usually used to relieve aching muscles, joints, gynecological disorders and certain skin diseases, and to keep the area warm.

Ointments

Traditionally, they were made by frying herbs in oil or mixing them with pork fat or beeswax. Currently, vaseline preparations made of natural ingredients are used, which are used instead of petroleum products. Healing mixtures are brought to a boil in petroleum jelly, and, after mixing, strained. After cooling, they are pressed into jars and tubes. They are usually used to treat skin diseases or in the event of injuries, contusions, sprains and rheumatic diseases.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture

It is one of the most effective methods of Traditional Medicine in the fight against disease. In the hands of a good specialist – an effective, safe and painless method.

Massage

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Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine consists in the appropriate selection of medicinal herbs for specific diseases so that they do not interfere with the previously recommended therapy. That is why herbal medicine is a great complement to conventional medicine, which often reduces the side effects of drugs. TCM herbal medicine has been known for over 5,000 years, and the Chinese pharmacopoeia contains over 100,000 descriptions of various substances with their medicinal properties.

Gua Sha

We deal only with therapeutic massages and intended to help in specific ailments related to mobility, problems with movement and convalescence after injuries and traffic accidents. We also actively support championship class players in their sports career.

Moksa

Moksa is a combination of several dry herbs and its vapors are scientifically documented for healing properties. It is often called a miracle herb for the Japanese and Chinese. Moxa treatment involves burning a specially prepared cigar over the patient’s body and at specific points in order to achieve a specific treatment effect.

FAQ - Candling

It is a treatment of the ancient Hopi Indians. It is mainly aimed at relaxation and healing properties. It uses low pressure caused by the chimney effect of a burning candle to remove excess earwax from the ear. The essential oils contained in the candle cover have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. A frequent effect of candling, apart from safety, is the improvement of hearing and the reduction of the so-called tinnitus.

TCM

The ability to combine conventional medicine with traditional medicine for the benefit of the patient. Especially recommended in the so-called “hopeless cases” or in the preventive treatment of palliative medicine.

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