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I personally would like express as "Special meal" instead of "Herbal medicine". The regular meal what we are taking everytime is very important to be healthier. But most of people are taking just because of hungry. This kind of eating habit is leading our health to poor shape. The theory of Korean medicine says that human is composed of Liver, Heart, Sim-po, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys, Gall Bladder, Small Intestine, Sam-cho, Stomach, Large Intestine and Bladder.

Each organ has it's own function, character and meridian. Liver, for example, has it's own meridian calls Liver-meridian, and many acupuncture points including it's own major 14 points unilaterally and each point has it's own function. Liver likes Green color and has a special relation to eyes so less tired when we see green, likes sour but when it is diseased dislike it. Controls sinews and have many other functions including absorbs oxygen and nutrients from the blood, and regulates the blood's glucose and anino-acid levels, helps break down drugs and various toxins, produces proteins, bile, etc. So if someone has a problem of eyesight, then Liver would be the first target to be checked (diagnose), even eyes have relationships with other organs.

No one can have correct diet on every mealtime; it will come down to mess of organs.

Someone had problem(s) from birth by heredity, someone while growing or aging. Have too many likes and dislikes in what one eats leading to unbalance of organs. Unbalance drives to abnormal condition, and one may feel something goes wrong in body.

Most of illness starts from the condition of Deficiency (of organ). Deficiency means "not enough" or "lower" to proper level. Fill up when it is needed is the basic theory in this medicine and "Special meal" is the one that will help to solve.

"Special meal and Acupuncture" is inseparably related to each other, same as "Thread and Needle" in sewing. So most of patient will need both and can live healthier, not only to solve for the symptom but root cause.

There are a lot of reasons that we need herbs.
First of all, the regular meal is not perfect to fill what our body needs due to eating habit. If you are having balanced meal every time, then you don’t need herbs at all.

Every single herb has their own properties like “sweet”, “bitter”, “sour”, “salty”, “acrid”, and “blend”. very cold, cold, cool, slightly cool, slightly warm, warm, hot and very hot in each herb’s temperature.

For example;

Ginseng
  • 6 to 7 year-old Ginseng is favorable for clinically.
  • Properties are sweet, slightly bitter and slightly warm.
  • Entering meridians are Lung, Spleen (and Stomach).
  • Effectiveness for Strongly tonify the basal Ki, Tonify the Lungs and augments the KI, Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach, Generates fluids and Stops thirst and Benefits the Heart Ki and calms the spirit.
  • Not to using for heat sign, excess condition, hypertensive with Liver Yang, etc…
  • Over-dosage can lead to headache, insomnia, palpitations and rise in blood pressure.
  • And antagonizes to some of herbs and/or foods.
  • Ginseng is one of well-known herbs to tonifying KI and it helps to central nervous system, Peripheral nervous system, Cardiovascular, Metabolism, Endocrine, Lipid metabolism, Treatment of diabetes (in mild case), Immune system, Stress and Gastrointestinal system.

  • Case :

    If some one has palled or sallow complexion, palpitations with anxiety that maybe continuous, poor appetite, Easily tired on limbs, light dizziness, pale and white coating tongue, thin and weak pulse. Look like no energy on appearance. Then Ginseng is needed in order to improve the some of symptoms above. Ginseng will be taking place as a king herb. Other herbs will work together as minister herb, assistant, and/or messenger for a good result. baek-chule, baek-bokryoung, za-gamcho, sook-ji-whang, baek-jak, dang-gui, chun-gung, saeng-kang, dae-cho are needed in this case. More herbs may be needed depends on diagnose.

※ Stated article of Ginseng above is for just informational purpose only. And it described as simple as possible. Therefor, not recommend to use. Because it may not to fit for you.
 
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