Chinese Herbal Medicines Questions
When is it appropriate to take Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have been developed together under the discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Despite their commonalities, both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have their respective comparative advantages in the treatment of various conditions. There are many conditions in which the treatment of Chinese herbal medicine is more effective than acupuncture.
Chinese herbal medicine is best used for what Traditional Chinese Medicine calls internal medicine. These are conditions which are the result of imbalances in the internal organs (as the organs are described by Traditional Chinese Medicine theory). Chinese herbal medicine also treats flu’s and colds more effectively than acupuncture.
Often patients seek treatment from a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner with the intention of receiving acupuncture. Amongst many patients, acupuncture is perceived to be more fashionable and it has a greater interest factor. Dr Kirk Wilson at Meridian Healing Centre would prefer patients to approach their treatment with a more open mind. It is in the best interests of all patients to allow Kirk to recommend which modality of treatment would better treat their condition. This way, a therapeutic outcome would be more likely and will also occur much faster.
If you have religious or philosophical problems with taking herbs, let Kirk know. At Meridian Healing Centre granulated herbal medicine is dispensed because of its quality, consistency and the ease of preparation. So that you can be aware of what the herbs are, the clinic also has a display which exhibits the Chinese herbs for your perusal. This way you can be sure of what you are ingesting. The vast majority of Chinese herbs are plant based, and very few are animal based. If Kirk would like to prescribe you an animal based herb he will request your consent.