Why does Meridian Healing Centre dispense granulated Chinese herbs?
Dr Kirk Wilson at Meridian Healing Centre chooses to dispense granulated Chinese herbal medicine for reasons of consistency in potency, the importation process and convenience for patients.
The granulated Chinese herbs dispensed at Meridian Healing Centre are refined in reputable factories in Asia. These factories are able to manage the manufacturing process so that the granules produced have a consistent potency.
When raw Chinese herbs are imported into Australia, they are done so in large sacks. When the customs and quarantine officials inspect the herbs, they empty the sacks and spray the herbs with pesticides. These pesticides are said to possibly contain heavy metals. Since granulated herbs have already been processed before entering Australia, there is no need to treat them with such pesticides. Hence, granulated herbal medicine is preferable.
Raw Chinese herbs can take up to two hours to prepare. They are required to be soaked, slowly brought to boil and then cooled down before they can be ingested. In contrast, granulated herbs do not take as long to prepare. They only require the time to boil a kettle and then stir in the granules. The comparative ease in preparation increases compliance rates.