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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the therapeutic use of natural medicinals in the relief of illness and in the promotion of well-being. Plants provide food, nutrition and healing. They can be used to alleviate many illnesses, as well as to maintain and enhance good health. Herbs are therefore useful for treating both symptomatically and for treating the underlying pattern of pathology.

Medicinal herbs have been used worldwide for centuries. They are gentle (excellent for children and the elderly) and work with the body’s own natural ability to heal. They are also extremely effective working alongside other therapies such as acupuncture or Tui Na massage.

The Shennong Bencao Jing, the first Chinese manual on pharmacology, lists 365 medicinals and dates back to the 1st century CE (Han dynasty). Chinese herbal medicine traditionally includes plant, animal and mineral ingredients. But most medicinals are plant-based and, in fact, the animal and mineral ingredients are now replaced in modern formulas by plants with equivalent properties for regulatory reasons.

Chinese herbs are usually combined in formulas to enhance their individual properties and actions. Unlike Western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of any individual ingredient.

A herbalist is trained to treat most illnesses that a western medical practitioner would treat and therefore understands both acute conditions (e.g. colds) and more chronic ones such as rheumatoid arthritis. A case history taken by the practitioner determines which are the best herbs for the individual whereupon a customised treatment plan is generated.

Following on from a detailed client history and consultation, a formula is chosen to suit the particular needs of the patient and the symptoms of the presenting pattern of disease. 
Chinese herbal medicines are formulated entirely from different parts of plants and contain no western medicines. No animal products, minerals or endangered plant species are used. Formulas are available in a variety of forms, loose herbs for herbal tea preparation, capsules or powders and liquid extracts and tinctures.

Chinese herbal medicine and gynaecological disorders

Chinese herbal medicine can treat a wide range of gynaecological and menstrual disorders, including those where no specific biomedical cause can be found. They have been found to successfully treat:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Heavy periods (menorrhagia)
  • Lack of periods (amenorrhea)
  • Irregular periods (metrorrhagia)
  • Infrequent periods (oligomenorrhea)
  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Anovulatory disorders
  • Dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Chinese herbal medicine and dermatological disorders

Chinese herbal medicine also excels at treating the following skin conditions:

  • eczema (atopic or allergic)
  • psoriasis
  • hives or urticaria
  • dermatitis (both contact and neurodermatitis)
  • folliculitis
  • lupus, both discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • rosacea
  • acne
  • alopecia areata
  • lichen planus
  • herpes simplex
  • impetigo
  • melasma or skin discolouration
  • shingles
  • vitiligo
  • fungal skin and nail infections.


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