If we got the upper respiratory tract infection see a doctor, a doctor to prescribe antibiotics, told us to take for 10 days, even if after 3 days, we're OK, we still need finish the 10-day drug. The reason is that Western medicine afraid that may not completely killed bacteria in 3 days, the disease may be recurrence after stopping the drug.
Chinese medicine believes that all drugs have some toxicity, but the body is a self-recovery capability, a certain level of drug use must stop, allowing the body's self-healing ability to complete the remaining tasks.
From this perspective, the Western emphasis "external intervention", Chinese medicine focuses on "self-healing."
A book written two thousand years ago, <
“Yellow Emperor asked: ‘Is there any restriction when taking the poisonous and poisonless drugs’? Minister QiBo said:‘In diseases, some are protracted and some are newly contracted; in prescriptions, some of the quantities are large and some are small; in decoctions, some herbal medicines are of toxicant and some are not; and there are certain rules in taking them. The herbal medicine with great toxicity should be ceased when the disease is removed by 60%; the herbal medicine with small toxicity should be ceased when the disease is removed by 70%; the common herbal medicine should be ceased when the disease is removed by 80%; the herbal medicine without any toxicity should be ceased when the disease is removed by 90%. After the ceasing of herbal medicine, the patient should take the cereals, meats, fruits and vegetables to eliminate all the remaining evil Qi(consist of bacteria, virus, yeast, fungus or any pathogeny of causing illness). Otherwise, if over take any herbal medicine, it will lead to hurt Zheng Qi'"(consist of vital energy, immune systems and self-healing capabilities).
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