Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine, which is also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has an uninterrupted history of development dating back thousands of years in China and other parts of East Asia. It is one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Chinese herbal medicine is known as a natural and holistic system of primary health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds to effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems.

What substances are used in Chinese herbal medicine?

There are more than 450 substances commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine – most are of plant origin though some animal and mineral substances may also be used. You may find some in your kitchen, such as ginger, garlic and cinnamon, while others such as chrysanthemum and peony flowers, are more likely to be found in your garden.

What conditions does Chinese herbal medicine treat?

Chinese Herbal medicine is used to treat a range of disorders including cough, asthma, stomach trouble, hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, cancer, gynaecology, insomnia, migraines, anxiety, arthritis, depression and other disorders. Chinese herbal medicine may also be used to assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and need to be treated with care. Herbs are administered by a qualified herbalist or Chinese medicine therapist.

What advantages does herbal medicine have?

Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the lifestyle management or the prevention of illness as on the treatment. Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognizable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions. A qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is boosted and a general sense of well-being promoted.

Who can take Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Our practitioner will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before prescribing herbs to you.. With suitable adjustments for dosage and with some provisos which will be determined practitioner, children and pregnant women can very well be treated by Chinese medicine.

What is the pattern of the herbal medicine and what are they taste?

There are three patterns of the herbal medicine in general. They are herbs, Herbal powders and Chinese Patent Formulas. Because of the difficulty of boiling traditional decoctions and the pungent odor, people rarely use herbs now. The other two patterns are commonly used for patients. Herbal powders, which can be mixed with hot water to make a tea, are more convenient to prepare and use, and are not as pungent as traditional decoctions. Chinese Patent Formulas are pre-made herbal formulations in pill or tablet form and are perhaps the most widely used form of Chinese herbal medicine outside of China.