About Chinese Herbs and Supplements
Chinese herbs and supplements have been around for thousands of years. Frankincense and myrrh are absolutely Chinese herbs that are mentioned in the bible as gifts to the new baby Jesus. You might have thought they were meant to be used as incense, and maybe they were. They're powerful anti-pain, anti-coagulant herbs that happen to smell good. Supplements such as Vitamin D have been used for a much shorter amount of time but many of them are amazing in terms of what they can help you with. In other words, you'd be surprised what problems a deficiency in some essential vitamins and minerals can create.
How It Works
One example of a supplement that you hear about a lot in the news lately is Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can cause Ricketts in extreme cases (softening and weakening of bones). In fact, this is one reason you see vitamin fortified milk and faux milk. Low levels of this vitamin cause your body to have difficulty absorbing the necessary phosphorous and calcium to make strong bones. Huang Qi or Astragalus is a Chinese herb that is in the research news lately a lot and it has the following long list of benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and lowers high cholesterol, among other things. Dr. Axe's website explains these mechanisms reasonably well.
Benefits of Chinese Herbs & Supplements
Chinese herbs and supplements treat pretty much everything pharmaceuticals treat, but with fewer side effects (usually none). Pharmaceuticals might treat the problem faster but almost certainly won't address the root cause, whatever that may be. And then you might be on the drug for the rest of your life, suffering those side effects all the while. Probiotics are a good example of using supplements to actually treat the side effects of a pharmaceutical (in this case, antibiotics, or maybe pesticides). Without them, you might suffer the side effects of a ten day course of drugs for years or even for the rest of your life.