CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system of Traditional Chinese Medicine which also includes acupuncture, massage, dietary advice and exercise. Physical treatment address your condition externally, while Herbal Medicine works from the inside out.
Chinese herbal medicine will be formulated to treat the root of the disease with long-lasting effect and less side effects.
Combining the relevant types of treatment together with Chinese herbs increases the effectiveness of the treatments dramatically over stand alone treatments as they work best in synergy. Combination treatments are not only highly effective, but may also quicken the healing process.
Chinese herbal medicine comes in many forms such as raw herbs, powder, capsules or tablets. Raw herbs are highly effective because your practitioner can combine a variety of herbs specific to your condition. Raw herbs require special preparation, similar to making tea or soup.
What are the Herbs like?
Herbs are now available in both traditional (herbal tea) and modern (tablets or capsule). The herbal tea will taste unusual at first to anyone who has not tried them before, but most people will get used to the taste very quickly. The tablets and capsule form mostly are tasteless.
The herbal tea is made from raw herbs (which may look like sticks, leaves, or berries) and are cooked with water. You then strain off the herbs and drink the remaining liquid. If you are given raw herbs we will provide you with detailed instructions for their preparation.
Many herbs are now available in convenient tablet form so there is no need for you to prepare the herbs. If you are given herbs in this form, remember that only a certain amount of plant material can be concentrated into a small tablet. This is why you may need to take more tablets than you would typically expect of Western Medicine.
How do you take the Herbs?
It is recommended that all Herbal Medicine be taken in accordance with your practitioner's instructions in relation to meals and should always be taken with a full cup of warm water (as opposed to hot or cold water). This promotes the proper absorption of the herbs increasing their effectiveness.
You should also avoid taking herbal medicine with any other beverage or consuming any other drink immediately afterwards. This especially includes tea, coffee, soft drink etc. Again, this will improve the effectiveness of your Herbal Medicine.
Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
Chinese Medicine has been used as front line medicine by the majority of the world's population since before recorded history, and is still the most widely utilised medical system in the world today.
What Can Herbal Medicine Treat?
Chinese Medicine can understand and treat all forms of ill health. The results that can be expected and the length of treatment required will depend on the severity of the disease, its duration and the general health of the patient. Chinese Herbal Medicine is probably most renowned in the west for its effects on:
- Skin disease
- Digestive complaints
- Respiratory conditions
- Disorders of the immune system
- Psychological problems
- Children's diseases
Who can have Herbal Medicine Treatment?
Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Our practitioners will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before providing treatment.
Children and pregnant women can and commonly are, cared for by Chinese Herbal Medicine.
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