Herbal Medicine

herbal medicine

What is herbal medicine?

One of the most effective treatment methods is herbal medicine. Acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs, and other treatments are common in East Asian medicine. Herbal medicine has proven its effectiveness over a few thousand years of clinical experience in ancient China; herbal formulas relieve relevant symptoms, allowing patients to return to their normal conditions. Herbal formulas treat a wide range of ailments. In Beaverton, Oregon, Dr. Kihyon Sohn, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, prescribes herbal medicine.

Acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medicine

People in Korea say that the first is Korean acupuncture, the second is moxibustion, and the third is herbal medicine. This means that Korean acupuncture is more effective in treating acute conditions. It works quickly to clear any blockages in energy channels known as meridians. If the patient does not receive proper treatment, the disease tends to spread deeper into the body and can become chronic. In this case, moxibustion would be a better option for healing. Herbal medicine is more appropriate when the disease has spread deeper into the internal organs. Taking herbal medicine by mouth has a faster effect on the internal organs. However, in clinical settings, we combine Korea acupuncture and moxibustion or Korean acupuncture and herbal medicine for faster healing.

Food is medicine

Food serves as medicine. This is what Koreans say to emphasize the importance of food. Whether we eat grains, vegetables, or juice, the food we eat in our daily lives has a direct impact on the condition of our bodies. What you eat today becomes you tomorrow, as you are well aware.

Food properties

Herbs are food extensions. Every food has its own unique properties. Each food has a different effect on different organs. Food, like people, has different temperaments.

Consider the mung bean. It sedates the liver and kidney, according to Dr Cliff Park in California. Mung bean is not a good food for people who have a weakened liver or kidney. Broccoli also feeds the liver and calms the lungs. Cucumber calms the spleen. Olive oil benefits the liver. There are numerous other examples. This is why relying solely on one food is not a good idea. You might want to eat a variety of foods together. This may compensate for property differences.

Food affects organs

Dr Cliff Park in California tasted all of the following foods, and he discovered how they affect organs.

CQ10: tonify heart and kidney.
MSM: sedate all five Zang organs.
Eggplant: tonify liver. sedate spleen.
Sweet potato: tonify lung.
Oat: sedate spleen.
Perilla leaf: tonify liver. sedate lung and spleen.
Raw cabbage: sedate spleen.
Green juice: tonify liver.
Mung bean: sedate liver and kidney.
Green tea: tonify liver.
Sweet pumpkin (inner yellow part): tonify heart and lung.
Sweet pumpkin (skin): descend qi.
Chicken: tonify spleen.
Acorn: sedate liver and kidney.
Pork: tonify liver and kidney. sedate spleen.
Fish with bluish back: tonify liver.
Strawberry: tonify heart, liver and lung.
Peanut: tonify spleen.
Romaine lettuce: sedate liver.
Mango: sedate liver and spleen.
Buckwheat: sedate spleen.
Radish: tonify lung.
Water dropwort: tonify liver.
Dandelion: sedate liver.
Banana: tonify heart and spleen.
Purple sweet potato: tonify liver.
Chinensis: tonify liver.
Chive: Tonify kidney and spleen.
Brocolli: tonify liver. sedate lung.
Blueberry: tonify liver.
Bread: tonfiy spleen.
Sevenup: sedate spleen.
Celery: sedate liver.
Black bean: tonify liver and kidney.
Pine mushroom: tonify liver and spleen.
Water melon: sedate heart.
Sprite: sedate spleen.
Spiruna: sedate liver.
Spinach: sedate liver.
Cilantro: sedate spleen.
Ama seed: tonify liver.
Almond: tonify lung.
Avocado: sedate liver.
Asparagus: sedate liver.
Lamb: tonify spleen.
Onion: tonify spleen.
Thristle root: sedate liver.
Goat meat: tonify spleen.
Ganoderma Lucidum mushroom: sedate heart and lung. tonify liver.
Orange: tonify heart and liver.
Omega 3: tonify liver.
Schizandra: tonify liver and spleen and lung.
Cucumber: sedate spleen.
Olive: tonify liver.
Pea: sedate liver. tonify gallbladder.
Burdock: sedate spleen.
Milk: tonify heart.
Genseng: tonify heart and lung.
Plum: tonify liver.
Chaga mushroom: sedate liver, kidney and spleen.
Sesami: sedate liver.
Korean melon: sedate liver and stomach. tonify spleen.
Chocolate: tonify heart.
Seasoned aster: tonify liver.
Chia seed: tonify liver.
Chicory: sedate liver.
Cantaloupe: tonify liver.
Coffee: sedate liver.
Kale: sedate liver.
Coconut water: tonify heart and lung.
Coke: tonify spleen.
Cauliflower: sedate liver. tonify lung.
Bean: tonify spleen.
Bean sprouts: tonify heart and lung.
Kiwi: sedate liver.
Turkey: tonify heart, liver and lung. sedate spleen.
Tomato: tonify heart and spleen.
Adjuki bean: tonify spleen.
Probiotics: tonify lung and spleen.
Honeydew: tonify liver.
White corn: tonify lung.
Walnut: tonify lung and spleen.
Pumpkin: tonify spleen.
Red ginseng: tonify spleen.
Chemical condiments: tonify spleen.
Foods affect organs

Classic herbal formula


Herbal formulas have been passed down for thousands of years. Practitioners in ancient China tested many groups of herbs in clinical settings and developed many herbal formulas as a result of their extensive experience. The classic formulas can be found in books like Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue. Dr. Sohn practices traditional herbal medicine in Beaverton, Oregon.

Shang Han Lun

Zhang Zhongjing compiled herbal formulas handed down and available for generations during the later period of the Han dynasty in ancient China, while referring to many books, such as Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, Pulse Pattern Differentiation, and so on. The title of the book in English is Treatise on Cold Damage.

According to Shang Han Lun‘s prologue, many people died from cold damage disorders, similar to the current Covid-19 pandemic. He lost two-thirds of his family to cold-related diseases. It inspired him to study medicine and write the book. In clinical settings, he even outperformed his teacher.

Six meridian pattern differentiation

In his book, Shang Han Lun, Zhang Zhongjing developed the method of differentiating diseases based on six meridians. His pattern differentiation principles are as follows:

  • Taiyang disease: floating pulse, headache and stiff neck, and aversion to cold.
  • Shaoyang disease: bitter taste in the mouth, dry throat and dizziness.
  • Yangming disease: excessiveness in stomach and intestines.
  • Taiyin disease: abdominal fullness, vomiting, food stagnation, worsening diarrhea, and intermittent abdominal pain. If you used a forced defecation, it makes the epigastric region becomes knotted and hard.
  • Shaoyin disease: extremely weak and thin pulse, and tendency to fall asleep.
  • Jueyin disease: extreme thirst, qi surging up to the chest, pain and heat inside the heart, no appetite despite hunger, eating makes throwing up parasite, and a forced defecation leading to ceaseless diarrhea.

An acupuncturist and herbalist in Beaverton Oregon

Dr. Kihyon Sohn practices traditional herbal medicine in Beaverton, Oregon. Each formula contains a smaller number of herbs. When it matches relevant symptoms, they work faster and more effectively. He prescribes granules that must be melted in room temperature water before use. This is convenient because you don’t have to cook large quantities of herbs.

Dr. Sohn studies herbal medicine alongside Korean physicians. In Beaverton, Oregon, he prescribes classic herbal medicine, which has a few thousand years of history in ancient China.

He employs a variety of approaches before arriving at specific formulas for each condition. This is the method developed by Dr. Roh in Korea as a result of his extensive clinical experience. It aids in the selection of appropriate herbal formulas for the resolution of relevant symptoms. It will also assist patients in feeling relieved of their complaints sooner.

Herbal medicine can be effective on its own. It will be more effective when combined with Korean acupuncture treatments. Patients come from Beaverton, PortlandTigard,VancouverLake Oswego, and other cities, and they find each treatment to be beneficial and valuable.

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