Chinese Herbal Medicines Questions
Are there any potential side effects from taking Chinese herbal medicine?
The practice of Chinese herbal medicine is far more complex than acupuncture. Chinese herbal medicine requires very precise diagnosis and a subsequent precise prescription of herbs. Acupuncture primarily works via the regulation of energy along the acupuncture meridians within the body. This regulating characteristic of acupuncture makes correct diagnosis and acupuncture point selection less crucial in avoiding potential side effects. On the other hand, correct diagnosis and correct prescription of Chinese medicine is pertinent in avoiding side effects.
It is important you are prescribed Chinese herbal medicine by a qualified and experienced practitioner. Dr Kirk Wilson at Meridian Healing Centre is a qualified and an experienced Chinese herbal medicine practitioner. He will ensure you do not experience any side effects from your herbal treatment.
Another consideration with Chinese herbal medicine is the taste of the decoctions. Chinese herbal medicine can have a strong taste. The degree of how strong the decoction tastes is dependant on which herbs are included in the formula and the respective dosages of these herbs.
The strong taste of Chinese herbs can be easily remedied by a number of methods. The simplest is to reduce the amount of water used to dissolve the granules. Less water allows for the decoction to be drunk much faster with less contact with your taste buds. If this doesn’t work, try using a mouth wash or a strong tasting fruit drink to rinse your mouth out afterwards. Make sure you do not drink what ever you use to wash your mouth, as the herbs are meant to be taken on an empty stomach. If none of these methods work, ask Kirk and he will try to adjust your prescription so as to make the taste more palatable.