Long before there was acetaminophen for pain relief and antacids for indigestion, there were corydalis and coriander — herbs that traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have used for millennia to treat these two common ailments.
While dozens of herbs are reported to have healing properties, only a handful of beneficial effects are backed by scientific research. There’s SAMe for mild depression, turmeric for inflammation, and feverfew for the prevention of migraines, among others.
And whereas these herbs and spices may be effective, they’re also too powerful to use without first checking with your doc, especially if you also take prescription medications. St John’s wort, for example, is known to interact with a long list of drugs. Another important step: Buy Chinese herbs only from a source certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, says Galina Roofener, LAc, a board-certified acupuncturist at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine
“We have finally started to notice that there is real curative value in local herbs and remedies. In fact,…..they are often more effective than Western medicine.” Anne Wilson Schaef