Chinese Herbal Medicine: What is it?
Chinese herbal medicine, a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is one of the great herbal systems of the world. In China and parts of East Asia, Chinese herbal medicine has been the traditional method of healthcare for thousands of years.
Through the ongoing study of the medicinal effects of locally grown flora, Chinese herbal medicine is continually developing and thus is able to continue to successfully treat a very wide range of health conditions.
As with other Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach to health by treating the root of the condition as well as the symptoms.
Working internally to treat a wide range of conditions, Chinese herbal medicine is commonly used alongside acupuncture treatments, but it is also successful as a stand alone treatment.
Chinese herbal medicine practitioners can select from over 300 plants and herbs, in the form of roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, twigs, stems and fruit. Each plant and herb has its own characteristic and effect, and combining them increases their potency to achieve maximum benefit.
By skillfully selecting and combining a number of herbs, the Chinese herbal medicine practitioner creates a personalised herbal formula unique to each patient. Each personalised Chinese herbal medicine formula traditionally contains between two and twenty plants and/or herbs. When combined in specific quantities, the herbs work in synergy to increase the effectiveness of the Chinese herbal medicine treatment.
Chinese herbal medicine can be taken in a variety of forms including capsules, tablets, pellets, powders, liquid, and ointments. However for ease of use and to maximise therapeutic potency, Kirk prescribes his Chinese herbal medicine formulas in a concentrated powder which are typically taken twice a day.