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Chinese Materia Medica(2)

1. Herbs for Relieving Exterior Syndromes (Pungent and Warm)

1) ephedra

2) cinnamon twig

3) schizonepeta

4) ledebouriella root

5) perilla leaf

6) fresh ginger

7) notopterygium root

8) dahurian angelica root

9) chinese lovage root

10) spring onion

11) magnolia flower

2. Herbs for Relieving Exterior Syndromes (Pungent and Cool)

(to be continued)

 

About the site

Purpose

The purpose of this web site is to introduce to the modern age, traditional medicine ( i.e. one of the most effective medicine in CAM or complementary and alternative medicine ) that may serve as a valuable healing method, such as Chinese medicine(TCM), Ayurveda , etc. This site especially focuses on the treatment and remedy with natural herbal medicine. This web site aims to promote the health and beauty of modern people, through the vast wisdom of traditional medicine, which has been passed down throughout the history of mankind.

Background

On April 14, 2003, it was declared that the decoding of the human genome had successfully reached its completion. The human genome is an overall picture of the human genetic code, which can be thought of as a design chart or blueprint of human beings. The decoding revealed that genes are comprised of a molecular compound called DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Fifty years ago, two scholars, Watson (U.S.A.) and Crick (England) discovered that DNA takes the form of parallel-stranded double helices. Since then, the research of what kind of information DNA holds has been highly anticipated. If the full scope of DNA is revealed, then we may be able to eradicate roots of diseases from genes. Of course, we can only dream about that at this point.

Currently, the reality is that "we have discovered that 80% of human genes are commonly found among all living creatures and are universal. Our mission is to reveal the intricate mechanism that creates human beings by skillfully utilizing genes. When we first set out on the decoding, we thought we would reveal the whole picture of genes by reading the genome, but it turned out that living creatures are far more complex than we thought." (Yoshiyuki Sakaki - Chairman of Human Genome Organization)

The human body, which has been nurtured by Mother Nature since the birth of life on earth four billion years ago, is now starting to show signs of the bad effect that the rapid development of technology has imposed on human life in just these 100 years or so; for instance, environmental pollution, the overflow of chemicals, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, etc. Even what we eat everyday contains these chemicals. It is ironic that chemicals used in order to achieve the "real" taste are, in fact, one of the factors that cause damage to people's sense of taste.

This web site does not totally deny science. It is not a matter of yes or no, nor an either or situation, but a way of looking deeply at the essence of things by facing reality.

In light of the mistakes we made in the 20th century, it is now time to create a world where science and nature can co-exist. Humans are natural beings. Every human being is unique and different in mind and body. We should think in terms of a human being as a whole, not as a collective entity made up of parts such as the heart, stomach, lung, etc. While such organs function according to their roles, they connect in an organic way and cannot exist if cut off from one another.

Every article featured in this web site is not at all based on radical or new ideas. In fact, you may have heard something like it before. However, the reason why this web site was created is because the human body is starting to let out cries for help. What will happen when the human body reaches its limit? It is hard to predict, but we must think about this carefully. Medicine, the purpose of which is to help people, is, on the contrary, placing a burden on people, which should not be the case. It is time that human beings gather their strength to construct medicine for the benefit of humanity.

The 4000 year long legacy of Chinese medicine(TCM), when compared to the history of mankind, might just as well be a flash of a moment. However, it is true that Chinese medicine is based on a vast history and abundant clinical data that cannot be compared to modern medicine. Chinese medicine is based on the theory of wholeness, rather than looking at the human body as a collection of parts.

We would like to introduce through this web site traditional methods of medicine, health maintenance and beauty that we deem most necessary for the modern age, not just as knowledge but as a practical means that one can carry out in everyday life.

Herbal Medicine

In this website, we try to introduce various traditional herbal medicines ( i.e. complementary and alternative medicine; CAM) useful for modern life. We mainly introduce traditional Chinese herbal medicine. The domain name of this website, "tradmedicine" is a coined word based on "traditional medicine"; knowledge of traditional medicine is expected to increase.

Chinese herbal medicine is safe for humans and is an effective medicine. The effects have been recognized for more than 4000 years. This is proven by many clinical researchers to be effective against various modern chronic diseases (especially where modern medicines fail). Moreover, significant effects are shown in prevention of sickness, health recovery, and beauty as well. By making good use of the knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine, we can expect effects based on the human body's natural ability to cure itself. Sadly, the mainstream views things scientifically today. As an example, Chinese medicine tends to be neglected as a "thing of the past", because methods and terms are sometimes difficult to understand. Most people think that modern medicine equals fast results and thus it is effective, which shows the mistake of thinking that immediate results are always best. Some people who are engaged in modern medicine have a terrible misunderstanding that "Traditional medicine is a kind of witchcraft."
This website aims to correct this misunderstanding by explaining and making practical use of the effects of proper Chinese medicine.

1) The theories and terms will be explained so as to be as easy to understand as possible.

Traditional medicine such as Chinese medicine does not exist only for privileged people, specialists, and researchers. Nor, is it the teachings of wise men. The first principle is for Chinese herbal medicine to be accessible to the general public. Therefore, several ideas are implemented on this website so people can understand our explanations. We place priorities on the understanding and content as a whole, not the correctness of the details. We would like to make it clear that it is possible to make use of Chinese herbal medicine without understanding all the details. We will show that it is possible to utilize the essences in daily life easily without knowledge of all the small details. It is enough to understand that Chinese medicine is one of the best ways to treat human beings.

An online school will be opened later for those who wish to learn more in detail. We will make it a place where you can learn the real theory and knowledge of herbal medicine.

2) This website will approach Chinese herbal medicine from the viewpoints of reality and daily life.

We will tell you how Chinese herbal medicine treats the illnesses and symptoms which people easily get, and how it deals with beauty. We will also introduce how to easily make use of it in your daily routine. When it is necessary, we will make modern style arrangements and sometimes create a fusion of other traditional medicines. This website will also propose new beauty methods made from the combination of Chinese medicine and aromatherapy - an easy way to apply herbal medicine to your everyday activity .

3) The herbs will be shown in Latin in the following form:

 

Botanical name of herb : Cinnamomum cassia

parts of herb used : Ramulus

 

The Theory of Chinese Medicine

When you first read about the theories of Chinese medicine(TCM), it is very important to realize that you must not take them scientifically. Chinese medicine is not science. Previous generations in China got proven results with their own bodies, and they have passed knowledge on to modern people. In other words, it is a kind of systematized manual for everyone to make good use of cures such as herbal medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion. Theories such as Yin and Yang and The Five Elements have been introduced to systematize this medicine, but it can be used in your daily life without knowing these theories. Our site will help you with this.

Being scientific means that under the same condition, the same result can be obtained regardless of who verifies it. As for human beings, however, not a person exists who is the same as anyone else, and even in the same person, their physical condition changes continuously during their life time. From this viewpoint, the medicine for treating human beings has to have an unscientific aspect. It could be said that some medicine is reliable as a means to treat human beings because it has some aspects beyond science. Moreover, selected effects have been systematized over a period of 4000 years or more. Compared to modern medicine, approved after only years of clinical examinations, there are great differences in terms of the safety to the human body.

It is also true that the level of present-day science is affected by the levels of current technology. The machine which can measure 1/100 units can't measure 1/1000 units. Until the machine which can measure 1/1000 is developed, scientists must continue to use machines of lesser abilities.

Medical science deals with the human body. All people are different. As a result, things cannot be proven scientifically. Therefore, you must prove effect on an individual by clinical research. Chinese medicine is systematized based on the results of clinical research. To learn this theory is also to learn that unscientific treatment of individual human beings is possible.

Even when science advances more and the make-up of each individual becomes clear at the level of a specific human genome, we do not know when we will have a more effective cure for each disease for each person. We also do not know whether the results will be the cures which make the most use of chemicals (which favors modern medical science). As long as science contributes to the human condition, we expect the advancement of science. At the same time, we hope to treat people humanely when we practice medicine.

There is a Japanese saying : "Onko Chishin." This means we can find a guide into tomorrow by taking lessons from the past.

Thus we launch this website.

Profile

Production and management of this website is from the Haabu no kaze (the wind of herbs) production committee.

 

Top Advisor

Motoyoshi Satake

Former Manager, Division of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
National Institute of Health Sciences

Advisors

Kazuo Uebaba (In charge of Ayurveda)

Director, Ayurveda Society in Japan

Shin'ichiro Hayashi (In charge of Aroma Therapy)

Management Committee Member, Japan Holistic Medical Society

Ko Ei (In charge of Chinese Medicine)

Chinese Medical Doctor
Graduate of Beijin University of Chinese Medicine

Staff (in alphabetical order)

Keiko Ikadamaru, Masako Ishii, Manami Kanehiro,

Jun Kubota, Meeta Mira, Chikako Murai,

Kyuichiro Murata, Junko Sagawa, Kyoko Saito, Masaki Saito,

Harumi Sakamoto, Shino Tatara, Saeko Teshima, Hiroko Uechi,

Keizo Umetani, Kaori Yoshida

Disclaimer

This site is for education and enlightenment about traditional medical science. All the herbs, formulas and recipes have been confirmed as being safe. However, it cannot be said that there is no side effect. This website cannot take responsibility for any side effect, especially in the following cases:

1. When the person has a condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

2. In the case of a food allergy or unpredictable responses such as anaphylactic shock.

3. When the person doesn't follow the directions and an excessive amount is used.

When you use this site, please use your best judgement, take personal responsibility and consult your doctor when necessary. We cannot take any responsibility for any trouble that may arise from using products or information listed on this website. We also cannot guarantee 100% effectiveness because every person's physical condition is different.

Reference Materials

All the reference materials used to make this website are listed

on our Japanese site.

 

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