For centuries people have been prescribed Chinese herbs to
help the internal organs and the immune system. Chinese Herbs are rarely used
singularly; more commonly they are used in combination to form a herbal prescription. The use of many herbs helps to
achieve a balance of the herbal qualities in the
prescription. Herbs are described in terms of temperature, taste, what they do in the body and whether they affect the yin, yang, qi or blood.
Chinese medicine approaches disease in a fundamentally different way from Western medicine. Chinese medicine looks at not only the disease symptoms, but also the age, habits, physical and emotional traits of an individual. To form an overall picture of the patient. Health is considered a state of harmony between physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person.
Treatment with Chinese herbal medicine involves
choosing a formula (a combination of herbs) which to
helps redress the pattern of disharmony of an
individual, and to modify the formula as changes
occur throughout the course of treatment. The
prescription is matched to the needs of the patient,
rather than a complaint or illness.
prescriptions usually comprise a mixture of herbs,
each herb playing a specific and significant role to
achieve the desired therapeutic effect. Herbs can be taken as decoctions or medicinal teas, tinctures or pills. Advice about
lifestyle and diet is also given according to
Chinese medicine principles.
centuries, generations of Chinese herbal
practitioners have understood and utilised the
beneficial synergistic effect obtained by the
skillful combining of medicinal herbs and many
famous ancient formulae are still in regular use.
For more information on Chinese herbal medicine
contact Tamara Kircher.