Chinese Medicine is thousands of years old. Chinese herbal medicine is the most comprehensive pharmacological system in the world. When properly formulated and prescribed, Chinese herbal medicines are safe and very effective. Like all things consumed, improper or abusive use can contribute to unwanted side effects.
Commonly used Chinese herbal formulas for acute infectious diseases are based on ancient prescriptions with a proven track record. Chinese herbal medicines are safe because they are formulated with "helper" herbs to mitigate possible side effects from the stronger herbs in the formula that initiate the healing response to a disease.