Statement on the use of animals in Chinese Medicine
Dr Allen Crosson stands against the use of animal products in Chinese medicine and refuses to use any medicine containing animal-based products.
Crosson Chinese Herbs Melbourne
Chinese herbalism has been around as long as Chinese medicine itself. Some of the key texts and key formulas on Chinese herbalism have been around since 200 BC.
Shennong – Forefather of Chinese herbalism
The ancient figure called Shennong is seen as a forefather of taking pulse measurements, acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbalism.
In ancient times, Chinese medicine practitioners like Shennong took their profound Taoist knowledge and wandered the wilderness classifying herbs into the pantheon of knowledge that makes up Chinese medicine herbalism today.
Chinese herbalism differs from western herbalism. It takes a synergistic approach to herb combining. Rather than looking for the action of a single herb Chinese herbalism uses an orchestrated combination of herbs to achieve medicinal results.
This synergism of herbs takes an orchestral nature. High-frequency and low-frequency herbs are combined, using an understanding of their elemental nature. Herbs are combined to create balance and harmony in relation to the imbalance and disharmony that the client may be experiencing.
A WHO recognised ancient art
Chinese herbalism has been used for over 2000 years and was based on a pragmatic approach.
Before the time of snake oil merchants and hypnotist, the common people needed practical medicine to help them through epidemics and virulent febrile disease. If the practitioner could produce results then he was in a higher place in the community. If the practitioner could cure nothing he earned nothing and was cast out of the community.
To this day, every major health crisis in China the Chinese health organisation turns to traditional herbalism to help manage disease outbreaks. The World Health Organisation recognises the use of Chinese herbalism.