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Herbal Medicine: Actions, Categories, and Modern Applications

Explore the diverse actions of herbal medicines in Chinese therapy, from dispelling pathological influences to restoring bodily functions.

Herbal medicines play a crucial role in Chinese medicine, primarily expressed in dispelling pathological influences.

Actions like clearing heat, dispelling wind, and transforming dampness address specific health issues. For instance, dispelling wind-dampness alleviates joint pain caused by dampness affecting the joints. Additionally, herbs are employed to restore functions, such as stopping bleeding and replenishing substances like nourishing blood. In modern herbal medicine, categorizing herbs based on therapeutic actions facilitates learning. The first category, resolving the exterior, focuses on regulating sweating and treating externally contracted diseases, with warm and cool herbs tailored for different patterns.

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