Thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese established a herbal system that today is considered as one of the most sophisticated forms of natural health care. Together with acupuncture, herbal medicine is a major pillar of Chinese medicine. Herbal medicine is a holistic therapy which integrates plant remedies with the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health into the understanding of the body’s functions. It acts gently by supporting systems and processes that have become deficient and helps to remove excesses in the body in order to restore the natural balance. Its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness has made influence on the practice of medicine all over the world. There are about 600 different herbs in common use today. Tonic Herbs Promote Physical and Mental Well Being.
In our clinic, after consultation with the practitioners, a recipe will be prescribed according to the individual patient, the herbs will be given in raw form, the patient can see what exactly he/she is taking. The herbs will be boiled in water for a period of time, with the subsequent broth reduced to concentrate the active ingredients which is then consumed as a liquid tea. It is also available in a capsule or pill form.
How are Chinese herbs used differently from other herbs?
Most western herbs are used singly and symptomatically, such as valerian for insomnia, white willow bark for headache, etc. The body constitutions of the patient and root cause are not always considered. In contrast, Chinese medicine looks carefully at the energetic nature and functions of herbs to balance these qualities with the patient’s body constitution while treating the disorder. Chinese herbs are usually used in combinations and raw forms in order to be more effective and establish balance in the body. They are rarely used singly.
What Can Chinese Herbs Treat?
Chinese Medicine can understand and treat a lot of illnesses. 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 renowned in the west for its effects on:
- Immune treatment for cancer & tumour patient
- Skin disease
- Digestive complaints
- Respiratory conditions
- Disorders of the immune system
- Psychological problems
- Children’s diseases