Chinese Herbal Medicine

What is chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbs and acupuncture together form a comprehensive medical system with a history of at least 2000 years. Chinese herbs are very safe when prescribed by a properly trained practitioner.

Over the centuries generations of doctors and researchers have compiled detailed information of the medical actions of hundreds of herbs, forming a large and comprehensive body of knowledge available to the modern practitioner, and enabling high standards of practice and safety. Thorough familiarity with this knowledge is required of all herbal practitioners.

Who can benefit from chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs are used for a very wide range of both chronic and acute conditions including:

  • allergy problems
  • cardiovascular disorders
  • endocrine and metabolic disorders
  • gastro-intestinal problems
  • genitourinary disorders
  • infertility & gynecological problems
  • insomnia, stress and anxiety
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • neurological disorders
  • skin problems

These and many more problems can be helped with chinese medicine. In addition it can be extremely effective for Cancer and AIDs when used as an adjuvant therapy alongside western medical treatment.

What will happen on my first visit?

A detailed case history taken at the first session will include a diagnosis of both the symptoms and the underlying condition and a full medical history. Your diet, lifestyle (including exercise), current medication and emotional state are considered as part of the whole picture. Your tongue will be looked at and your pulses will be taken on both wrists.

Subsequently a herbal formula will be prescribed specific and indivdual to you and your condition.

Can herbs be prescribed if I am taking pharmaceutical drugs?

Generally, herbal formulas and drug treatment can be used at the same time without causing problems. However there are certain combinations of pharmaceutical products and herbs which are not advised, therefore it is important that you tell the herbalist about any allopathic drugs that you are taking, so that this is considered when herbs are being prescribed.

How is the quality of herbs controlled?

All herbal products are obtained from companies who are members of the Chinese Medicine Association of Suppliers (CMAS), who are committed to the provision of authenticated high quality herbs and herbal products. In addition, and in order to reassure the public, the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) has drawn up rigorous standards for suppliers and for herbal practitioners.

The RCHM has condemned the illegal trade in endangered plant and animal species, Strict rules prohibit the use of these products.

The RCHM - www.rchm.co.uk - is one of the main registration organizations for those qualified in Chinese herbal medicine. Practitioners registered with the RCHM have full professional insurance.

The Natural Health Centre 2014