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Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced in Asia for more than 5,000 years. During that time an enormous and extensive amount of information has been gathered and documented. The Chinese were great observers and became very astute at describing the interrelationships that they saw between themselves and their environment. They built on this information and continually tested and reformulated the material. What has emerged is a system of thought, a theoretical construct, heavily rooted in philosophy and logic. This system has withstood the test of time.
There are more than 25,000 Chinese herbal formulas that have been documented. By definition, an herbal formula will contain at least two different individual herbs. Most herbal formulas contain six to twelve herbs in various combinations.
Certain herbs have particular influences on specific organs. These actions and functions have been tested time and again through the millennium. The terminology may sound a little strange to those of us in the western world because we are not used to hearing of medical conditions like "Deficient Kidney Yin" or "Liver Fire Rising?. It is simply a different language, the language of a healing art that has existed thousands of years before anyone ever heard of allopathic, chiropractic, homeopathic and all the others.
Chinese medicinal herbs in general are safe. There are, however, contraindications. Some herbs influence the effectiveness of other herbs, making them toxic, producing undesirable side effects or minimizing the clinical value of other herbal components. There are prohibited combinations, dietary incompatibilities and contraindications during pregnancy. The art of Chinese herbology in veterinary medicine should only be practiced by licensed veterinarians who have formal training and experience in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbology.