Herbs in Chinese Medicine

Since ancient times, Chinese doctors have observed the remarkable curative powers of certain plants. Generations of scientists have studied and documented the properties of thousands of medicinal plants and their infinite combinations and effect on the human body.

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At Hen Sen Herbs, we carry on the ancient knowledge of the healing powers of herbs, as practiced in China for thousands of years. The herbs in use in traditional Chinese medicine range from garden variety weeds you would find in your backyard to rare flowers and roots found in only certain mountainous valleys in China. Herbs are consumed by the Chinese in their regular meals and used as preventive medicine as much as for alleviating ailments.

Approximately 1,400 herbs are available at Hen Sen Herbs — dried seeds, stems, roots, pods, flowers, grasses, mushrooms and gourds — and are dispensed with a studied application of Chinese medical philosophy and history.

A Chinese herbalist believes that sickness is caused by an underlying weakness in the functional makeup of a person. The herbs do not provide miracle cures; instead, they cleanse, calm, and restore weakened systems, allowing the body to heal itself. 

Chinese herbalists do not treat diseases; the herbs they recommend  encourage and maintain a balance of bodily functions that results in better health.

Every person is an outward expression of their body’s systematic functioning. The Chinese herbalist will observe an individual — their appearance as well as their behavior — gleaning clues to understanding what areas of that individual’s system are unbalanced or weakened (and leading to symptoms).

Once the underlying weakness or imbalance is understood, the herbalist will craft a prescription or recipe of herbs which is known to bring balance and help the body restore full healthy function. A specific recipe may contain as few as two types of herbs or more than twenty for a given ailment or condition.

Two people may come to a Chinese doctor with a common cold, and leave with a different herbal recipe to help them regain their wellness. Differences in their condition — perhaps the sound of their cough and the appearance of their skin — will call for a different recipe.

Hen Sen Herbs has prepared remedies for cleft palate, nervous conditions, obesity, stomach problems, the common cold and dozens of other ailments.

Herbs do not produce results overnight, and they work best when lifestyle habits are adopted to assist the body’s natural healing power. Thus, a recipe for herbal tea will be accompanied by diet and lifestyle recommendations. The herbs cannot be expected to work if a person is unwilling to change the situations that have caused imbalance in the first place.