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Chinese Herbal Medicine

The origins of Chinese herbal medicine in China can be traced back at least five thousand years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM), is undergoing continual development over the centuries as one part of TCM, is mainly plant-based, but some preparations include minerals or animal products. They can be made as powders, pastes, lotions or tablets, depending on the herb and its intended use. Different herbs have different properties and can balance particular parts of the body. Single herb or concoction of herbs is used, depending on the state of the patient's Yin and Yang, and the elements that are governing the affected organs.

Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.

Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognizable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions.

In addition to providing effective treatment for a wide range of health disorders, Chinese herbal medicine may also be used to assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is boosted and a general sense of well-being promoted.

What happens during a consultation?

Through discussion with you and carefully observing your tongue, skin and pulse the qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem. Your condition is then monitored and prescription is adjusted until the desired outcome is achieved.

Some of the benefits of Chinese Herbal Medicine include relief from the following conditions:

  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and common digestive disorders
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Common cold and influenza
  • Chronic headaches
  • Skin disorders
  • Fluid retention
  • Anxiety, depression and stress
  • Allergies
  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation
  • Excessive menstruation
  • Infertility
  • Impotence and prostate disorders
  • Disorders associated with menopause

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