What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd Century BC. Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns or signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.

Modern medical science now recognizes that Chinese herbal medicine is highly effective in the treatment of many conditions. The herbs are entirely natural, which improve Qi and allow the body to regain a state of harmony.

Good health is more than just the absence of disease, and Chinese Medicine recognizes this with its unique capacity to harmonize and enhance our ability for enjoyment, fulfilment and happiness. Although your practitioner will treat whatever complaint you have come for, the traditional view places great importance on preventing disease before it occurs.

Some or several of these techniques may be used in the course of your treatment. Since TCM is a natural medical treatment, it may take some time to notice the benefits, although the improvement can be very dramatic with some problems.

Hand Processing Chinese HerbsHand Processing Herbs in the Clinic Herb Room

What conditions can Chinese herbs and Acupuncture help?
Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help most acute forms of ill health but is especially effective with chronic disorders. 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 Medicine is probably most renowned in the west for its effects.

Chinese Medicine has a role to play in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Pain relief:  including headache, migraine, arthritis, sciatica, back pain, frozen shoulder and sports injury etc.
  • Skin complains: including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders: including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation,  ulcerative colitis
  • Gynaecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis,  and infertility
  • Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations
  • Respiratory conditions: including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, allergic perennial rhinitis and sinusitis
  • Rheumatological conditions, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
  • Children's problems
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Addiction

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