Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

I love watching those Olympic athletes bump through a mogul field, float a corkscrewed flip, land like cat and continue to scream like a banshee down the slope. The way those skaters pull off a triple backward spin and land on a thin edge of steel is truly miraculous. Watching world-class athletes is indeed amazing. Equally amazing for me were the commercials. Especially the ones for prescription medication that combine the image of a smile-happy patient bouncing through life against the background rapid-fire litany of side effects and cautions. This product may cause: Insomnia Headaches Diarrhea Hallucinations Brest enlargement in men Anxiety Suicidal thoughts Back pain Blurred vision Nausea Constipation Decrease in sexual ability Birth defects Liver damage Joint aches Problems if handled by pregnant women Nose bleeds Hair loss Skin rashes Dizziness Coughing Urinary tract infections Heartburn Panic attacks “Ask you doctor if this drug is right for you. Perhaps it is best that we should be ask ourselves if these drugs are right for US. Are Chinese herbs dangerous? Depends on what you are comparing them to. There were some cases about 12 years ago of a number of patients suffering kidney failure after taking a diet pill that was a compound of various herbs and pharmaceuticals. Indeed there was a Chinese herb involved in the mix that was a known nephrotoxin. It was also an herb that any trained Chinese herbalist would avoid or use with extreme caution as we are aware of its potential dangers. Are Chinese herbs dangerous? They can have powerful effects, and generally speaking when prescribed by a qualified and skilled practitioner...
Getting Rid of UTI’s with Chinese Medicine

Getting Rid of UTI’s with Chinese Medicine

When antibiotics fail; more is not always better when treating urinary tract infections It seems like a simple equation– urinary tract in infection equals a course or two– or three of antibiotics. It is such a common treatment that many doctors will not even check the urine for signs of bacteria overgrowth, they will write the prescription with just a phone call. The Western bio-medicine standard of care for scanty and painful urination usually results in a prescription for the penicillins, cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones. Sometimes these clear the problem up in short order, in which case no point in reading further. However, for those who are failed by the standard of pharmaceutical care, then Chinese medicine has options that don’t involve the collateral damage of destroying the intestinal tract’s beneficial bacteria. More importantly, Chinese herbs can be tremendously effective in the treatment of recurrent and stubborn UTI’s. Antibiotics are amazing medicines when used properly, and for the scope in which they are most effective. However, overuse of these power pharmaceuticals over the past 50+ years has brought with it the co-evolution of the very same pathogens we are trying to control. Our magic bullet has had the unfortunate side effect of encouraging the growth of more virulent strains of bacteria. Chinese herbal medicine offers a different approach. And there is a reason why in the past 2000 years the doctors of Asia have not developed formulations that “kill” the invader. Unlike our western medical model of kill, cut and control, the medicine of Asia seeks to promote balance, harmony and communication between the various body systems. Systems in balance,...