I do not profess to be an expert in chinese healing herbs. But I have made the conscious choice of choosing TCM over western medicine ever since I hit my thirties.
This choice is made out of my experience with oriental healing arts - meditation and Qi Gong. And the result of using herbal tonics such as He Shou Wu.
My personal experience affirms a fundamental concept of TCM:
Energy is the foundation of life. The energy of the human body is the foundation of health. All healing depends on energy.
My experience with meditation and Qi Gong, and from using healing herbs help me appreciate, first hand, the catalytic process in activating, releasing and moving energy, thereby heating and cooling the body and mind.
This is known as helping the body and mind to come to a state of equilibrium. In western medicine terminology, it refers to a state of human homeostasis.
I do NOT negate western medicine, though. When it comes to that severe flu or coughs, I still opt for prescribed drugs.
However, my orientation towards TCM and alternative therapy was inspired by the more than 2000-year-old Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine - china's equivalent of the bible of medicine.
I was particularly drawn to The Yellow Emperor, Huang Di's search for the secret to youthfulness, vitality and longevity.
The book described a chinese system of wellness which employs acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, tuina (pronounced "twee nah") massage, acupressure, meditation and qigong.
It taught that energy in the body flows through 12 meridians, like the chakra system associated with indian spirituality.
When properly stimulated through the application of one of these modalities, such as acupuncture or acupressure and/or a combination of chinese healing herbs with massage, you can tonify or reduce energy in all the main organs in the body such as the kidneys, heart, liver and so on.
As we age, our energy levels decline. Our immunity system becomes vulnerable. And the cumulative stress of daily life can accelerate the aging process. Our brain functions start to decline.
I have never known of western medicine that works at the human energy level.
I am more familiar with the effect of western medicine that blocks or suppresses a brewing medical condition, giving the false condition of a remedy or a cure.
In TCM, the slightest change in internal body temperature affects our state of bodily and mental well-being. It means energy has become stagnant or pathways are being blocked.
When one detects such a change in our energetic state, we can take preventive measures. A course in chinese healing herbs - prescribed or otherwise - can easily restore the Yin & Yang balance in our being.