Chinese Herbal Medicine
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is part of an integrated system of primary health care that has an uninterrupted history of development dating back over 2000 years. Yet throughout its history, it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions and new information, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern research methods.
Chinese herbal medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Qi, Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between these aspects of health can become undermined. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect this imbalance. A herbal formula that specifically matches your individual health problem will then be prescribed.
How is Chinese herbal medicine prescribed?
There are more than 450 substances that are commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine. Most of these are of plant origin, though some animal and mineral substances are also used. Some herbs used in Chinese medicine are commonly found in the kitchen or the garden - ginseng, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, gingko, goji berries, liquorice root, mint, red dates, rhubarb, and mandarin peel.
Some substances that were used traditionally are no longer a part of modern professional Chinese herbal medicine practice eg. substances that are derived from endangered species have been replaced with other substances with similar actions.
Herbs are prescribed as a granulated powder that is easy and convenient to take. Only the highest quality granules from Taiwan are used that meet all Australian and international quality standards.
WHAT CAN CHINESE MEDICINE TREAT?
Chinese Medicine can be used effectively in the treatment of:
- Depression, anxiety and stress
- Sleep disorders
- Men's Health - low libido, fertility, ED
- Gynaecological conditions
- Gastro-intestinal disorders - poor digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea
- Urinary conditions
- Skin disorders - acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, allergic rash
- Musculoskeletal conditions - sports injuries, sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow
- Chronic pain conditions
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Respiratory disorders - sinusitis, hay-fever, allergies, common cold, bronchitis, asthma, chronic cough
- General fatigue and tiredness