Chinese herbal medicine is based on a coherent and substantial body of knowledge developed over thousands of years of clinical practice and intellectual endeavor. Today there are over 450 substances commonly in Chinese herbal medicine treatment. Most of those are of plant origin (stems, leaves, twigs, roots, seeds, twigs, flowers and fruit), though some animal and mineral substances may be used.
Traditionally raw herbs are simmered or cooked and the resulting liquid (decoction) is taken. In the 21st century however, Chinese herbs are taken as liquid extracts, granulated extracts, powdered, pills, capsules or tablets. Some herbs are worked into plasters or creams, herbal packs, salves or sprays as well.
If you buy Chinese herbs over the counter, they might not be as effective as a particular formula is aimed as fitting the patterns of as many people as possible! An effective Chinese herbal formula should be prescribed for you following a consultation with a registered Chinese herbalist.
What can Chinese herbal medicine do for you? We see improvement with a variety of conditions such as there is nearly no limitation to conditions that can be treated with the wide array of Chinese herbal formulas. The treatment outcome will also depend on you taking the herbs regularly and on other factors such as your diet and lifestyle.
Chinese herbal medicine can help with:
Painful conditions such as headache, migraine, renal colic, biliary colic, post-operative pain.
Musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, back & neck pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatism.
Neurological conditions such as sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, stroke sequelae, Bell’s palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease.
Gynecological problems such as painful menstruation, irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome, PCOS and any other gynecological condition.
Pregnancy and labour such as infertility, morning sickness or any other pregnancy related disorder.
Gastrointestinal disorders such as nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric/duodenal ulcer, chronic ulcerative colitis, loss of appetite or simply stomach and/or abdominal pain.
Ear, nose & throat disorders such as sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, sore throat, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease.
Urogenital disorders such as prostatitis, impotence, retained urine, urinary tract infection.
Cardiovascular disorders such as primary hypotension, high blood pressure, angina pectoris.
Dermatological conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis.
Emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD and many more.
Common cold and influenza, cough, allergies and immunity, gout, insomnia, general fatigue or CFS.
Treatment with Chinese herbal medicine targets not just the presenting signs and symptoms – it also looks at the underlying causes and conditions. The fact that each formula is customised to your personal circumstances makes Chinese herbal treatment so effective.