Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine takes an wholistic 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 recognisable 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.

A qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.

There are over 500 herbs commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine. You may find many of them in your garden or kitchen, such as spring onion, ginger and garlic, while others such as chrysanthemum, gingko tree leaf and common mint, are more likely to be found in your garden!

Chinese herbal medicines can be prescribed into formulae which take into account the individual therapeutic action of each herb and well as the effects when combined together. There are also many well-known ready-made herbal formulae in pill or liquid form, which have been used for over hundred years for many common illnesses. A well constructed formula maximises the effectiveness for treating a particular condition, while counteracting and minimising the unwanted effects of an individual herb.

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.


conditions commonly treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine includes:

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