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Simple, Everyday Herbology

Covering the history of herbology in Chinese medicine, these students teach us some herbs we can use everyday for several remedies in place of Western over-the-counter medicines.

Traditional Chinese medicine has had a long history in China. TCM utilizes herbs as one of its therapeutic modalities. Some of these herbs include ginger, garlic, and ginko, all of which are widely esteemed for their medicinal abilities and potent remedial powers. In contrast to Western pharmaceuticals, these herbs have widespread availability and are much more affordable. Western pharmaceuticals also pose more adverse risks for consumers and temporarily reduce the symptoms associated with disease instead of treating their root causes. The herbal selection is dependent on the of the pattern of disharmony, which is governed by the theory of yin and yang, the five body-organ system, the five elements, the eight principles of excess/deficiencies, and lastly, the five emotions.


This video is a student multimedia project completed for Medicine 180: Introduction to East-West Medicine, an integrative medicine course offered in the summer. For more information about this course or to enroll, click here to go to the course page on the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine website.

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