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Imperial Tonic


* General tonic: increases both mental and physical functions, enhances academic and sports performance

* Recovery enhancement: speeds up recovery from any event that contributes to mental or physical exhaustion, such as surgery, severe illness, and childbirth

* Chronic fatigue: constant tiredness, low energy, and lack of interest

* Anemia: with dizziness, fatigue, lack of energy or poor appetite



* Adaptogenic function to enhance both mental and physical functions

* Enhances basal metabolic rate and increases the overall energy level

* Boosts the immune system, increases the number of white blood cells

* Treats anemia by increasing the number and function of red blood cells

* Antiaging effect to enhance longevity and promote general wellness



* Tonifies qi, blood, yin and yang

* Strengthens the overall constitution of the body



The dosage for long-term administration is 2 to 4 capsules three times daily. The dosage may be increased up to 5 to 6 capsules three times daily for short-term use, for its adaptogenic effect or recovery enhancement.



Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba)

Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)

Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong)

Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae)

Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)

Fu Ling (Poria)

Gui Xin (Cortex Rasus Cinnamomi)

Huang Qi (Radix Astragali)

Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae)

Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens)

Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata)

Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis)

Xi Yang Shen (Radix Panacis Quinquefolii)

Zhi Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae Praeparata cum Melle)



Imperial Tonic is an herbal formula specifically designed to treat qi, blood, yin and yang deficiencies. From Western medicine perspectives, this often corresponds to chronic deterioration in physical and physiological functions. During this stage, patients can subjectively feel deterioration in health, but physicians cannot objectively diagnose any disease. All laboratory tests may be within the normal range, yet the patients do not feel well as they experience many vague signs and symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, low energy, lack of appetite, dizziness, compromised mental and physical functions, frequent recurrence of infection, and prolonged recovery. To correct this physical and physiological decline in health, the use of herbs is essential to restore health.



Imperial Tonic is one of the most comprehensive and most effective herbal formulas. It treats both specific and general constitutional disorders. Imperial Tonic contains herbs that tonify yin, yang, qi and blood. Clinically, it can be used to treat chronic fatigue, anemia, post-surgical recovery, postpartum recovery, and many other conditions characterized by general weakness and deficiency.

        Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) strengthens the immune system and Xi Yang Shen (Radix Panacis Quinquefolii) tonifies the yuan (source) qi of the body. Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) and Fu Ling (Poria) strengthen the Spleen and promote the absorption of nutrients from food. They work together to strengthen qi and the immune system. Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata) tonifies the Liver and Kidney yin. Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba), and Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) nourish and invigorate the blood. Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) tonifies the Spleen, the Lung, and the Kidney. Gui Xin (Cortex Rasus Cinnamomi) tonifies Kidney yang. Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis) has astringent and binding effects to prevent leakage of jing (essence). Zhi Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae Praeparata cum Melle), Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens), and Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae) harmonize the gastrointestinal tract.

        In conclusion, Imperial Tonic tonifies qi, blood, yin and yang, and is one of the best formulas to treat both specific and general constitutional disorders.



* Imperial Tonic is safe for long-term use. However, because it is a warm formula, it should be reduced in dosage or discontinued if it causes side effects characterized by heat, such as dry mouth, thirst, and nosebleeds.

* Since this formula may stimulant the immune system, it should be used with extreme caution in patients who have autoimmune disease or take immune suppressant drugs after organ transplant.

* This formula is contraindicated in cases of infection, inflammation, and other excess conditions.

* This herbal formula contains herbs that invigorate blood circulation, such as Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis). Therefore, patients who are on anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapies, such as Coumadin (warfarin), should use this formula with caution, or not at all, as there may be a higher risk of bleeding and bruising.[1],[2],[3]



* Imperial Tonic is an excellent postpartum tonic. Women lose a tremendous amount of jing (essence) and blood after labor. The concept of replenishing the Kidney jing (essence) is not prevalent in the West. As a result, many women age faster than they should and suffer from low back pain or symptoms of Kidney yin or jing (essence) deficiency later in their lives. This is a great formula to use for one month starting one or two weeks after delivery. It helps to replenish qi, blood, yin and yang that were lost due to labor.

* Important Note: Before using Imperial Tonic as a postpartum tonic, Sheng Hua Tang (Generation and Transformation Decoction) should be used for three to five days (three days for natural birth, five days for Cesarean) to clear out residual blood stagnation and to relieve pain. This will prevent future gynecological complications due to blood stagnation in the pelvis.


Pulse Diagnosis by Dr. Jimmy Wei-Yen Chang:

* Tent pulse, a convex-shaped pulse that is weak and collapses upon pressure, on all three positions on both hands.



* To boost energy and awareness, use Vibrant.

* To increase immunity, use Immune +.

* For brittle, dry hair or scalp, or hair loss, combine with Polygonum 14.

* For decreased sexual activity, low sex drive, and other sexual dysfunction in men and women, use Vitality.

* For insomnia and anemia, combine with Schisandra ZZZ.

* For menopause with hot flashes, mood swings, and excessive perspiration, combine Balance (Heat) with Nourish.

* For supportive cancer therapy and to decrease the side effects of chemotherapy including nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, and fatigue, use with C/R Support.

* For supportive therapy in patients with cancer who are too weak to receive chemotherapy or radiation, add CA Support .

* Cordyceps 3 can be added to enhance the overall antiaging effect.

* To enhance memory, add Enhance Memory.

* To prevent osteoporosis, add Osteo 8.

* To increase the shape and size of breasts, or to increase libido, use with Venus.

* To strengthen the Spleen and the Stomach, add GI Tonic.

* For stress and anxiety, add Calm.

* For severe stress and anxiety, add Calm (ES).

* For stress, anxiety and insomnia with underlying deficiency, add Calm ZZZ.

* For Kidney yang deficiency, add Kidney Tonic (Yang).

* For Kidney yin deficiency, add Kidney Tonic (Yin).

* For male infertility, add Vital Essence.

* For female infertility, add Blossom (Phase 1-4).



Traditional Points:

* Zusanli (ST 36), Guanyuan (CV 4), Qihai (CV 6), Mingmen (GV 4), Shenshu (BL 23)

* Qihai (CV 6), Zhongwan (CV 12), Neiguan (PC 6), Gongsun (SP 4), Zusanli (ST 36), Geshu (BL 17)


Classic Master Tung's Points:

* Fatigue: Tianhuang (T 77.17), Dihuang (T 77.19), Renhuang (T 77.21), Minghuang (T 88.12), Tianhuang (T 88.13), Qihuang (T 88.14), Beimian (T 44.07), Sanyan (T 11.21), Zhitong (T 44.13)


Master Tung’s Points by Dr. Chuan-Min Wang:

* Tonify qi, blood, yin, yang: Tianhuangfu [shenguan] (T 77.18)


Balance Method by Dr. Richard Tan:

* Left side: Hegu (LI 4), Zusanli (ST 36), Taixi (KI 3), Yinlingquan (SP 9)

* Right side: Lieque (LU 7), Tongli (HT 5), Zusanli (ST 36)

* Left and right side can be alternated from treatment to treatment.


Auricular Medicine by Dr. Li-Chun Huang:

* Fatigue: Sympathetic, Kidney, Liver, Spleen, Speed Recovered Fatigue, San Jiao, Anxious, Nervous Subcortex, Thyroid. Bleed Ear Apex.

* Replenishing the blood: Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Kidney, San Jiao, Adrenal Gland, Blood, Endocrine

* Hypotension: Raise Blood Pressure, Adrenal Gland, Pituitary, Heart, Liver, Endocrine

* Hypoglycemia: Pancreas, Diabetes, Pituitary, Endocrine, Thalamus, Sympathetic, Duodenum, Digestive Subcortex



* Increase the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts.

* Eat more fish and fish oils, onions, garlic, olives, olive oil, herbs, spices, soy products, tofu, yogurt, and fiber.

* Sea vegetables, such as kelp and seaweeds, replenish the body with minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, iodine and iron.

* Ensure adequate intake of vitamin B complex to process and utilize energy.

* Decrease intake of red meat, alcohol, fats, caffeine, and highly processed foods.

* Avoid the use of stimulants, such as coffee, caffeine, and high-sugar products.

* Food allergies or chemical hypersensitivity can drain energy and cause fatigue. Tests should be done to confirm or rule out allergy and/or hypersensitivity.


The Tao of Nutrition by Dr. Maoshing Ni and Cathy McNease:

* Chronic fatigue syndrome

§ Recommendations: winter melon, pumpkin, pumpkin seed, yam, sweet potato, lima bean, black bean, soy bean, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, chestnut, papaya, figs, garlic, onions, and pearl barley.

§ Avoid dairy products, alcohol, coffee, sugar, fatty or deep-fried foods, overly spicy foods, cold and raw foods, tomato, eggplant, bell pepper, and shellfish.

* Anemia: Mix together and eat dried blueberries and raisins.

* Weakness or anemia: Cook one chicken with 30 grams of Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), and 6 1/2 cups of water. Simmer together for one hour. The darker meat birds, such as the Chinese black chicken (Silkie chicken), are the most tonifying.

* Weakness, emaciation: Cook pork in rice porridge.



* Regular exercise and adequate rest are essential to optimal health.

* Take a hot bath for about 20 minutes prior to bedtime to relax. Sea salt or Epsom salts can be added to the bath water.

* Engage in activities such as tai chi chuan [tai ji chuan], walking, or meditation that allow calmness of mind without creating stagnation or excessive fatigue.

* Avoid exposure to heavy metal, such as lead, cadmium, aluminum, copper and arsenic, which can all suppress the immune system and cause fatigue.



* R.B., a 63-year-old female, presented with fatigue (especially in the morning), constant need for a nap during the day, and an early bedtime. The condition was affected with mild activity, leading to emotional let down, and lack of being able to get things done. Her medical history consisted of brain tumor removal in 2009, followed by chemotherapy and radiation during each stage of her four cancer survivals. Objective findings include lack of shine in her eyes, poor focus, and poor memory. The practitioner diagnosed this condition as Kidney qi deficiency and blood deficiency; her Western diagnosis was fibromyalgia. For treatment, Imperial Tonic was prescribed three capsules three times a day for four weeks, followed by two capsules a day afterwards. As a result, the patient’s energy is better than it has been for years. She can accomplish more during the day without the need of rest or a nap. Sleep is sound at night and there is even less muscle pain. The patient is thrilled and plans on taking the herbs for awhile. Submitted by L.M., Gresham, Oregon.

* L.B., a 47-year-old female, presented with pain located in the left knee and occasional low back pain when tired. It was also noted that she had slight night sweats, fatigue, caught colds easily, and breast tenderness during PMS. The blood pressure was 107/65 mmHg. The practitioner diagnosed the condition as Kidney qi deficiency with Liver qi stagnation. Imperial Tonic and Jia Wei Xiao Yao San (Augmented Rambling Powder) were prescribed to the patient for treatment. After taking the formulas, her overall energy and stamina increased, she didn’t catch colds as easily, and any night sweats or breast tenderness were no longer occurring. With this condition the patient had to take the herbs consistently long term in order to maintain the results. Submitted by B.L., Fort Myers, Florida.

* J.L., a 66-year-old female, presented with multiple symptoms including low back pain, shallow breathing, some wheezing, fatigue, and unclear state of the mind. Her pulse was thin and thready, and her tongue was red with no coat and purplish color. The practitioner diagnosed this condition as Kidney yin deficiency and Lung qi deficiency. Upon diagnosis the patient was given Imperial Tonic. As a result of taking the herbs, the patient reported her stamina and energy had improved as well as being able to think clearer. The patient has a tendency to dislike taking the herbs; however, was willing to continue taking them on a maintenance dosage for her condition. Submitted by B.L., Fort Myers, Florida.

* S.F., a 33-year-old female, presented with premenstrual symptoms consisting of fatigue and depression, three days before her cycle. The practitioner diagnosed this condition as qi deficiency with shen (spirit) disturbance. Imperial Tonic, Calm, and Shine were prescribed at 2 to 3 capsules each three times a day. As a result of taking Imperial Tonic for three weeks, she reported increase in energy and a more positive attitude. She only took the Calm and Shine for three months, and thereafter only continued with the Imperial Tonic as she felt recovered from her depression. Submitted by S.L., Yuma, Arizona.

* N.N., a 60-year-old female patient, presented with symptoms in recovering from something she had eaten two weeks prior. The fever and digestive disturbances were gone; however, low energy and “not feeling better” were still lingering. Western diagnosis was food poisoning; the TCM diagnosis was qi and blood deficiencies. Imperial Tonic was prescribed at three pills three times a day. Her energy and appetite picked up immediately within one day of taking the herbs. Submitted by A.I., Hilo, Hawaii.

* A.S., a 29-year-old female, presented with PCOS, consisting of multiple sacs, no ripening of the eggs, irregular cycles, and fatigue. It was also mentioned that she had two unsuccessful IUI’s due to two chemical pregnancies. Additional symptoms included cystic ovaries, acne, increase facial body hair, deficiency of both vitamin D and DHEA, and short temperatured luteal phase. The TCM diagnosis was blood deficiency, damp and phlegm accumulation, Spleen and Kidney deficiencies, and dysregulation of the ren (conception) and chong (thoroughfare) channels. Her Western diagnosis was cystic ovaries infertility, low follicular and luteal temperatured irregular menstruation, and elevated prolactin. Blossom (Phases 1-4) were prescribed to her all month, Imperial Tonic to replenish the jing (essence), and Nourish to tonify the blood and Kidney yang. The six month protocol was used to clear the heat, build the qi/blood/jing (essence), and regulate the cycle. As a result, her temperatures had re-established to create normal cycles. Secondly, after three months of a balanced cycle, her cystic ovaries had reduced; she also had increase of her qi/blood/jing (essence) as well as her additional deficiencies, which became restored. As a result she had a successful IUI and is now two months pregnant. Blossom (Phases 1-4) and Nourish were very helpful. Submitted by N.T., Bethesda, Maryland.

* L.H., a 33-year-old female, presented with postpartum symptoms consisting of weakness, fatigue, and anemia. Blood pressure was 98/60 mmHg and heart rate was 65 beats per minute. Tongue was pale, swollen, and shaking; pulse was thready and deep. The practitioner diagnosed this condition as Liver blood deficiency as well as deficiency of the Spleen and Kidney. Imperial Tonic was prescribed at 4 grams three times per day. After taking the herbs for two weeks, the patient’s energy had improved. Postnatal eating habits were adjusted as well. Submitted by V.G., Virginia Beach, Virginia.

* A 35-year-old female patient presented with multiple symptoms consisting of low energy, feeling cold and underdeveloped breasts. It was also noted that she had infertility and insomnia. Blood pressure was 112/60 mmHg, and heart beat of 76 beats per minute. The practitioner diagnosed this condition as Kidney yang and jing (essence) deficiencies; the Western diagnosis was chronic fatigue syndrome. Venus was prescribed at 2 grams three times per day with Imperial Tonic at 2 grams daily three times per day. After three weeks the patient had returned with much improvement to her sleep, energy, and sex drive. She had also mentioned that her breasts were fuller. Submitted by L.W., Arroyo Grande, California.

* A tired and exhausted patient presented with general aches and pain in the neck and low back. There was also a history of poor sleep and digestion with no constipation. The practitioner felt the patient had over-worked herself throughout the years and that the condition was due to “wear and tear.” The diagnosis was qi and blood deficiencies with underlying yin and yang deficiencies. Imperial Tonic, Schisandra ZZZ and Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang (Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Decoction) were given along with acupuncture and massage therapy. The treatment was concluded to be quite effective. Submitted by S.C., La Crescenta, California.

* A 44-year-old female with hepatitis C, necrosis of the liver, and diabetes (insulin-dependent) was treated with interferon, Rebetron (ribavirin and interferon α 2B), Zantac (ranitidine), Prozac (fluoxetine) and insulin. Her clinical manifestations included pain in the liver region, fatigue, insomnia, blurred vision, constipation, melancholy, frontal headache, dizziness, tremors, abdominal bloating, and a pale complexion. Her tongue was maroon in color, and the pulse was slippery. The diagnosis for this patient was dampness in the Liver and Gallbladder, with Liver overacting on the Spleen and the Stomach, hence disrupting the transformation and transportation of the digestive system. The patient was treated with two herbal formulas (Liver DTX and Imperial Tonic) and two homeopathic formulas (sarcode liver formula and oral insulin). The treatment also included acupuncture involving meridian treatment and extraordinary vessel treatment. After three weeks, the patient had significant improvements in her vitality, complexion, appetite, sleep, attitude and energy level. A dramatic reduction of her abdominal pain was also noted. Her insulin use was reduced by approximately 25%. Submitted by I.B., Miami, Florida.

* A 35-year-old female complained of the following symptoms: bedwetting, fatigue, low back pain, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and depression. The doctor diagnosed her with Kidney jing (essence), yin and yang deficiencies. Imperial Tonic and Vibrant were prescribed. The patient reported that bedwetting, depression and pain went away and the energy level went from 2 to 10. As an added and unexpected joy for her, the patient stated she also lost 10 pounds even though she had been eating more. Submitted by S.C., Santa Monica, California.

* R.D., a 54-year-old male patient, presented with the complaints of always being sick for long periods of time, always cold, weak and tired. Western diagnosis was chronic fatigue syndrome and immune dysfunction. His blood pressure was 110/70 mmHg and his heart rate was 66 beats per minute. The diagnosis was yang and qi deficiencies. Imperial Tonic was prescribed at 2 grams three times a day. After taking the herbs, the patient reported that he first began to feel more energy and a better sense of well being. He also noticed that he wasn’t as sick as often and it did not last as long as before. The patient also received acupuncture treatment. The result of both the herbs and the acupuncture was evident within a few weeks. Submitted by W.F., Bloomfield, New Jersey.

* A 44-year-old, 215-pound male patient presented with excessive night sweats to the point he had to change his clothes twice every night. His blood pressure was 115/78 mmHg and his heart rate was 70 beats per minute. The patient also complained of pain in the big toe. The diagnosis was wei (defensive) qi and Lung qi deficiencies. Sheng Mai San (Generate the Pulse Powder) and Imperial Tonic were prescribed and the sweating stopped after using half a bottle of each formula. Submitted by H.K.C., Studio City, California.

* M.M., a 41-year-old female, complained of fatigue, malaise, cognitive problems, headache, slightly blurred vision, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle pain and constipation. The Western diagnosis was chronic fatigue syndrome; the TCM diagnosis was qi, blood and yin deficiencies. Imperial Tonic was prescribed, two capsules, three times daily. She took the herbs for nine weeks, and noted continual improvement, a significant decrease of fatigue and malaise, and an overall good constitution. Submitted by C.L., Chino Hills, California.



Imperial Tonic is an herbal formula that incorporates herbs with a wide range of therapeutic benefits to treat various aspects of declining physical and physiological health.

        Imperial Tonic has many herbs to restore health. Xi Yang Shen (Radix Panacis Quinquefolii) and Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) both have adaptogenic effect to quickly help patients adapt to various conditions of mental and physical stress.[4],[5] As demonstrated by human and animal studies, Xi Yang Shen (Radix Panacis Quinquefolii) prevents stress-induced ulcers, stimulates the proliferation of liver cells, increases natural killer cell activities, and enhances the secretion of interferons.[6] In addition to this short-term effect, Imperial Tonic contains many herbs with excellent gastrointestinal activities, such as Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae), Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae), and Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens), to restore normal digestive functions to absorb essential nutrients in foods.[7],[8],[9]

        Reversal of declining health conditions requires proper blood circulation. In this formula, Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) and Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata) have hematopoietic effects to stimulate the bone marrow and increase the production of blood.[10],[11] Furthermore, Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) is used to enhance the circulation of blood and increase blood perfusion to all parts of the body.[12],[13] With adequate amount and proper circulation of blood, the body can begin its own healing process.

        Imperial Tonic has many herbs to relieve stress and anxiety and improve cognitive functions. Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) and Fu Ling (Poria) both have a calming effect on the central nervous system to relieve stress and improve sleep.[14],[15] Xi Yang Shen (Radix Panacis Quinquefolii) and Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi) exert an anxiolytic effect by regulating the serotonergic and GABAergic system to alleviate anxiety.[16],[17] To improve cognitive function, Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) and Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae) are used in this formula. Paeoniflorin, a compound from Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba), has been shown to enhance aging-induced learning deficit.[18] Oleamide, a compound from Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae), has a high activating effect (34.1%) on choline acetyltransferase and protects the brain from drug-induced amnesia.[19]

        Individuals with deteriorating physical and physiological health often have a compromised immune system. They frequently contract infections, and require a prolonged period of time for recovery. Imperial Tonic contains many herbs with significant immunostimulant effects to boost the immune system and strengthen the body. Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) has a marked effect to increase both specific and non-specific immunity.[20],[21],[22] Administration of Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) has been shown to increase white blood cells,[23] enhance the production of IgM,[24] and activate B cells and macrophages.[25] Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) also has a significant immunostimulant effect to increase the activity of the macrophages and reticuloendothelial system,[26] and boost the number of white blood cells, lymphocytes, and IgG.[27] Lastly, Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae) and Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) both stimulate the phagocytic activity of macrophages.[28],[29]

        In addition to the health benefits listed above, herbs in Imperial Tonic have many other therapeutic effects to promote health and prevent disease. Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis), Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae) and Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae) have hepatoprotective effects to protect the liver from various types of drugs and/or chemical-induced toxicity.[30],[31],[32] Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) and Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) have nephroprotective effects to reduce proteinuria, decrease the loss of capillaries, and improve microstructure dysfunction.[33] The nephroprotective effect is attributed in part to the antifibrosis activity of these two herbs to improve ischemic microvasculature and attenuate interstitial fibrosis.[34] Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) has a significant neuroprotective effect against neurotoxicity induced by scopolamine, glutamate and hydrogen peroxide, according to in vivo and in vitro studies.[35] Lastly, Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) and Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis) also have neuroprotective effects, and show great benefits and potential for prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease because of their neuroprotective effect against beta-amyloid (Aβ).[36],[37]

        In summary, Imperial Tonic is an herbal formula with herbs that prevent and treat a wide range of disorders characterized by general decline in physical and physiological health.



One striking difference between Western and traditional Chinese medicine is that Western medicine focuses and excels in crisis management, while traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes and shines in holistic and preventative treatments. Therefore, in emergencies, such as gunshot wounds or surgery, Western medicine is generally the treatment of choice. However, for treatment of chronic idiopathic illness of unknown origins, where all lab tests are normal and a clear diagnosis cannot be made, traditional Chinese medicine is distinctly superior.

        In cases of chronic energetic disorders, where all tests are normal but there are still general and non-diagnostic signs and symptoms, Western medicine offers few treatment options since there is not a clear diagnosis. On the other hand, traditional Chinese medicine is beneficial as it excels in maintainance and preventative therapies. Herbs can be used to regulate imbalances and alleviate associated signs and symptoms. Therefore, herbal therapy should definitely be employed to prevent deterioration and to restore optimal health.


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