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Traditional Chinese medicine has been the mainstay of alternative medicine in many regions around the world. Trained Chinese traditional doctors exist in the United States, the United Kingdom as well as other regions of the Western world.
How old is traditional Chinese medicine? It’s very old, about 4000 years old. It’s still growing and it’s still being developed. One of the basic principles of traditional Chinese medicine is that there must be balance between the opposing forces of life itself: the Yin and the Yang.
Yin is male; light, goodness, health, and other positive things. The Yang is female, darkness, cold, etc. It is the balance of these two poles that result in health. Any disequilibrium results in dysentery, disease and death.
Homeostasis is the aim of traditional Chinese medicine. Homeostasis, concisely, is the return of the body to its original state of balance.
The following Chinese herbs are used in treating acne:
• Flowers of the honeysuckle plant
• Fruit of the forsythia plant
• Cape jasmine
• Roots of scutellaria
• Red sage
• Chinese angelica
• Red peony
• Leaves of the loquat plant
• Bark of moutan
• Bark of mulberry trees
• Seeds of tangerine
• Bulbs from the Zhejiang fritillaria
Remember, not everyone is capable of understanding just what goes into traditional Chinese herbal preparations. There’s a probability that what you’re about to ingest would be a strong concoction that would or would not improve your acne.
It’s not true that herbal preparations are weak. Many herbal preparations can be as strong and potent as the drugs that can be bought in modern drug stores. These preparations may have been mixed in much more primitive conditions, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t affect the body.
There have been reports of individuals reacting violently to herbal preparations. Ma huang, once a popular diet pill ingredient, is now banned because it causes severe reactions to users. The ingredient is now banned by the Food and Drug Administration in the Untied States.
If you want to try traditional Chinese herb preparations, it doesn’t mean that you have to swallow a foul-smelling and foul-tasting stew. If possible, ask your authentic Chinese herbalist to produce the herbal mix in capsule form.
Traditional herbal preparations cannot produce the effects of tetracycline or minocycline. It’s also not as effective as topical remedies such as benzoyl peroxide. So why do people still try traditional Chinese medicine?
Commitment is often the reason for sticking with herbal remedies. People who don’t like synthetic chemicals and expensive drugs often make use of cheaper herbs that are easier on the pocket.
However, it will take a very long time before severe instances of acne will clear up. If a normal Accutane treatment takes half a year to past one year, the herbal treatment of acne may take even longer.