Let's Learn About Chinese Herbal Medicine Together

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Today, let's delve into the mysteries of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). As a crucial part of Chinese culture, TCM not only played a significant role throughout China's history but also gained worldwide attention. It embodies rich wisdom and unique therapeutic methods, increasingly recognized and respected by people worldwide.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an integral part of Chinese traditional medicine, with its theoretical basis including the concepts of Yin-Yang, Five Elements, meridians, organs, Qi, blood, and bodily fluids. TCM primarily utilizes Chinese herbal medicine, combined with therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, Qigong, dietary regulation, massage, and others, to maintain health and treat illnesses 疾病 (jí bìng).

疾病 (jí bìng), noun, illness


  1. The doctor treats various illnesses at the clinic. 
    Yīshēng zài zhěnsuǒ zhìliáo gèzhǒng jíbìng.
  2. He often suffers from various illnesses. 
    tā jīngcháng huàn yǒu gèzhǒng jíbìng.

Characteristics of Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • Holistic Approach: TCM emphasizes the holistic balance of the body, focusing on addressing the root causes of illnesses rather than merely alleviating symptoms temporarily.
  • Personalized Treatment: Tailored treatment plans are formulated based on individual constitutions, conditions, and other factors. Different herbal 草药 (cǎo yào) combinations may be used for the same disease based on individual differences.

草药 (cǎo yào), noun, herbal


  1. I like using herbal remedies to treat minor ailments. 
    wǒ xǐhuān shǐyòng cǎo yào lái zhìliáo xiǎo bìng.
  2. She drinks herbal tea every evening for relaxation. 
    tā měi tiān wǎnshang hē cǎo yào chá fàngsōng.

Popular Chinese Herbal Medicines Introduction

  • 人参 (rén shēn): Ginseng, known as the "king of herbs," is highly valued for its tonic properties. It is believed to tonify 
    Qi, invigorate the spleen, nourish the lungs, and strengthen the heart. Ginseng is commonly used to treat weakness, boost immunity, and improve overall vitality.
  • 枸杞 (gǒu qǐ): Goji berries are commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine for nourishing the liver and kidneys, improving 
    vision, moistening the lungs, and replenishing blood. They are often prescribed for conditions related to liver and kidney deficiencies or diminished eyesight.
  • 黄芪 (huáng qí): Astragalus root tonifies Qi and strengthens the exterior. It is commonly used to treat fatigue, poor appetite, and other symptoms related to Qi deficiency.

Key Sentences:

  1. My mom got sick, so I cooked her a bowl of Dong Quai soup.
    Wǒ māmā shēngbìng le, wǒ gěi tā zhǔle yī wǎn dāngguī tāng.
  2. The doctor suggested that I take Astragalus tablets every day to boost my immune system.
    Yīshēng jiànyì wǒ měitiān fúyòng huángqí piàn lái zēngqiáng miǎnyìlì.
  3. Grandma often drinks Goji berry tea, saying it's good for the eyes.
    Nǎinai chángcháng yòng gǒuqǐ pào shuǐ hē, shuō duì yǎnjīng hěn hǎo.

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