TCM Herbal Medicine Story

All our friends at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue know about the importance of taking herbal medicine between acupuncture sessions. Herbal medicine works slightly differently than acupuncture although they are based on the same principles. Just think about if you want to lose weight but maintaining good health, you will do exercise (acupuncture), and on a balanced diet (herbal medicine). It won’t work if you solely rely on just one of the two. We will be covering some interesting stories about herbal medicine from time to time so you get a chance to learn about them.

Some of our patients express their concerns towards the safety issue of herbal medicine. Here at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we only use the finest herbal medicine available in the U.S. All our herbs have been tested for heavy metal and harmful chemicals. On average our herbs are tested 15 times before they are delivered to our clinic. More details will be covered on the next article.
In ancient time there was a man named Mo Yao.  One day, he saw an old elephant lying beside the reeds and was groaning with pain.  The elephant noticed Mo Yao passing by and raised his feet, which had a sharp nail stuck in it.  In order to relieve the elephant from pain, Mo Yao pulled the nail out, but blood started gushing from the wound.  Seeing the blood, the baby elephant nearby quickly grabbed some Artemisia and passed them to Mo Yao.  Mo Yao then placed the herb on the wound and the blood stopped shortly.

In order to express their gratitude, the old elephant and the baby elephant often visited Mo Yao and assisted with plowing after recovery.  More importantly, Artemisia was now being recognized as a herb with medicinal value.

Artemesia is the leaf of Artemisia argyi Levl. Et Vant.  Its properties are bitter, acrid, and warm.  It enters through the spleen, liver, and kidney channels.

Actions & Indications:

  • Warms the womb and stops bleeding.
  • Warms the womb and pacifies the fetus.
  • Disperses cold and alleviates pain.

Caution & Contradiction

Use with caution in cases of heat in the blood or yin deficiency.

To find out how Oriental herbal medicine may address your health concerns, and to schedule for your free consultation please contact us today at 425-392-8881! Our office is located conveniently on Bel-Red Rd. in Bellevue, WA.

The original article is from Brion Research Institute, translated by Sun Ten Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

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