Be Well: 5 Things You Should Know About Chinese Herbs

NWHSU | December 14, 2018

An intro to the growing use of these ancient remedies, when it’s time to see an herbalist, and how to sniff out the sometimes-toxic (and even deadly) impostors from the real deal.

For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine has helped people improve their health, boost their immune systems, and ease short-term and chronic illnesses. This Eastern philosophy centers on promoting harmony in the body using acupuncture, tai chi, and Chinese herbs—more than 5,500 plant, animal, and mineral substances combined in various formulations to address specific issues.

Seeking natural ways to promote wellness, people have grown interested in taking Chinese herbs but don’t know where to start. Here, Jessica Frier, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and herbal dispensary manager at Northwestern Health Sciences University, answers five questions about Chinese herbs.

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