Greatly influenced by scientific terminology and research, today supplements, super foods and herbs are prescribed for chemical components, symptoms and disease names. This modern perspective greatly differs from classical Chinese herbal theory. In contrast, the Huang Di Nei Jing, a seminal text dating back 2500 years, lays out how herbs affect the body systemically, and should be applied by the flavor and nature of the substance instead of by chemical components or results of lab testing and research. While herbal substances are natural and deemed to be more safe than pharmaceuticals, using plants as medicine can have dire consequences if they are not used with clarity and a perspective that stems from millennia of safe and effective use.
Watch this 50 minute video on the importance of staying within the Chinese medical paradigm when using herbs & food as medicine.