Chinese Herbal Medicine
About Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the greatest herbal systems in the world, with an unbroken tradition dating back to the 3rd century BC.
Herbs are made up of leaves, stems, bark, roots or seeds. They each have a unique action. Cleverly combined, they perform a multitude of tasks and help bring a holistic balance back to the whole body.
The difference between acupuncture and herbs is that acupuncture helps the body to help itself, but can't give the body what it doesn't have. Whereas, herbs help the body to help itself, like acupuncture, but also give the body what it doesn't have, so is often stronger and more effective than acupuncture alone.
In China, people use herbs first and acupuncture second. Most acupuncturists in the west can't prescribe herbs, which in China is considered very unusual. All herbs are of the highest quality and are prescribed individually to meet each patient's needs.
History of Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has a long history in Asia. Their use probably originated not long after fire was invented and people started cooking as different herbs were added to food for their health benefits. This knowledge later developed and moved into its own specialised discipline thousands of years ago and is probably older than acupuncture.
The importance of Chinese herbs
Are Chinese herbs safe?
Yes, Chinese herbs are safe. You might of read bad things about them in the media. For example the steroids being used in Chinese medicine. As medicine in China was unified over 60 years ago, both western pharmaceuticals and Chinese herbs are used together, so a single pill will contain both types of medicine making it a lot more effective. Unfortunately, some of these pills were shipped to western countries where the medicine practiced there is not unified, causing problems.
The use of Chinese herbs in western countries is now tightly controlled and all the herbs imported are monitored for quality control.
Are animal products used?
No, I don't use animal products. It's illegal to use any type of animal product. I only use plants in my formulas.
What are the side effects of Chinese herbs?
There are seldom any side effects with Chinese herbs. This is because each herbal formula is tailor-made to the patient's needs, unlike western pharmaceutical medicine where one size fits all. Everyone is different and so every herbal formula is different. Therefore, it's more suited to the individual body and less likely to cause any side effects.
What are the benefits of taking Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs are often overlooked in healthcare treatment. This is because most people are unaware of their benefits and most acupuncturists don't practice herbal medicine (which is a great shame). The use of herbs in healthcare can greatly benefit both men and women. Whereas acupuncture helps to regulate energy and blood flow, it can't give you what you don't have. Herbs however, can give you what you don't have, for example energy, blood and yin. They are also more effective at regulating digestion, reducing anxiety, clearing heat, etc. There is growing research into the benefits of Chinese herbs.
What do Chinese herbs taste like?
The herbs come as a powder. No need to cook up the bits of bark, twig or seed anymore! But the powder still tastes of herbs and isn't that nice. However, they can be put into tablets or capsules which take the bad taste away. Believe it or not, people do get use to the taste after a while. Some patients take the herbs with hot milk, which helps take away the bad taste and makes it taste more like ovaltine.
How often do I take the Chinese herbs?
It recommended to take Chinese herbs twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. If for some reason, you can't take the herbs in the morning, you can take them at lunch time.
How will I feel after taking Chinese herbs?
After taking herbs for a few weeks people come back and say how much better they feel. Chinese herbs treat the whole body, mopping up other problems that people have, so they get a greater sense of health and happiness. People feel more energy, sleep better, their digestion improves, they either feel less cold or less hot, are emotionally more stable.
Can I have the herbs in tablet form?
Yes, you can have the herbal powder put into tablets. This is done using high pressure air, so there are no additional enpurities. This will mean the herbs have hardly any taste and are easy to take with water. There is an additional charge for this service.
Can I have the herbs in capsules?
Yes, you can have the herbs put into capsules. I offer either regular capsules or veggie capsules. The herbal powder is equally shared out into the capsules, which offers no herbal taste at all. There is an additional charge for this service.