What are the lifting, descending, floating and sinking effects of TCM Herbs?

Different "spatial" effects reflect the effects of tendencies of Chinese medicines. A "lifting" effect enables the medicinal properties to move from the lower region towards the upper region; a "descending" effect enables the medicinal properties to descend to the lower parts of the body; a "floating" effect drives the medicinal properties to reach the different parts of the body or to move from upper to the lower region; while a "sinking" effect means consolidating and restricting, enabling the facilitation of urination and defecation.

Since different diseases have various developmental tendencies (moving upwards, downwards, spreading outwards and moving inwards), medicines that can match the conditions of these diseases or improve on or eliminate their symptoms are used. For example with Influenza (common cold), TCM believes that the position of the disease lies on the upper part and on the exterior, and then it is appropriate to use medicines that have the nature of rising and dispersing, such as ephedra and cassia twig, medicines that have descending and sinking natures should not be used.

These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture or Herbs treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.

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