Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs possess different characteristics that have been used safely and effectively for over 2000 years in China and other East Asian countries. Chinese herbal medicine is most commonly taken as herbal teas or pills, often involving a personalised prescription of different herbs that has been designed by us to directly target different areas of imbalance within your body to restore harmony. Whether prescribed as teas or pills, Chinese herbs work with the aim of correcting internal imbalances within your body and activating the body's self-healing processes.
What is the science behind Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Recent studies on Chinese herbal medicine have found that Chinese herbs have a wide range of regulatory effects on the body. Chinese herbs can reduce inflammatory agents in the body, stimulate the body to release natural pain-relieving chemicals known as endorphins, regulate the immune system and can also enhance the effect of conventional cancer treatment as well as help control or reduce the side-effects of cancer therapies.
What will happen when I receive Chinese Herbal Medicine?
We may offer you prescriptions of herbal tea or herbal powders.
Herbal tea prescriptions need to be boiled on a daily basis following instructions we provide you and are usually taken twice a day. The herbs may initially taste unusual and often bitter but will usually include herbs that are sweeter in taste, making the tea easier for you to take.
Herbal powders are usually mixed with hot water and taken on a daily basis, two or three times a day. Powders are often a popular alternative to herbal tea prescriptions because they are comparatively more convenient to take.
Who can use Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese medicine can be safely prescribed to people of all ages and constitutions. We will always take into account your past medical history and any medication you have been prescribed when selecting the herbs in a formula and will adjust the dosages accordingly.
Chinese herbal medicine can successfully treat a wide range of disorders and is most commonly used for:
- Skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and acne
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS and constipation
- Rheumatological conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
- Gynaecological problems such as painful periods, PMT and menopausal symptoms
- Stress-related disorders such as depression, anxiety and mood-swings
- Immunological disorders such as chronic infections or alongside conventional cancer treatments
Are there any risks involved in taking Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbs are perfectly safe when prescribed correctly by a properly trained practitioner. Serious adverse effects as a result of taking Chinese herbal medicine are rare and usually occur due to inadequate training by the practitioner, bad practice or poor herbal medicine processing controls.
We are practitioner members of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), two of the largest professional self-regulatory bodies for TCM in the UK . All members of the ATCM and RCHM must abide by strict Codes of Practice and Professional Conduct with ensure the highest professional standards of hygiene, sterilisation and safety in the practice of TCM. We prescribe authentic Chinese herbal medicine that has been quality-assured by using only RCHM approved suppliers who must fulfil rigorous criteria following a thorough investigation by independent auditors. This is very important in protecting public safety and to ensure that patients receive the best quality Chinese herbs available.