Chinese herbal therapy is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It’s been around since around the 3rd century BC, but it has not stayed static. Indeed Chinese herbal therapy has learned to evolve over the centuries, taking on advances in medical diagnosis and knowledge.

Like other components of Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal therapy is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang and Qi energy. The aim of Chinese herbs is to restore balance to the body to create the ideal environment for healing.

Each herb has its own medicinal use, covering a plethora of conditions. Chinese herbal therapy is extraordinarily effective for many chronic diseases and physical/ emotional disorders such as infertility, skin problem, stress, IBS etc.

In fact it is regularly used to aid conditions such as:

  • Skin problems – eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea etc
  • Mental health issues – Stress, depression and anxiety
  • Digestive disorders – IBS, constipation etc
  • Reproductive system issues – infertility, PMS, PMT, endometriosis
  • Respiratory issues – coughs, asthma, bronchitis etc
  • Fatigue
  • Osteoarthritis and arthritis

Plant based medicines were the forerunners to modern manufactured medicines after all. They are still as effective today as they have been for thousands of years.

What happens during herbal therapy?

Just like seeing your GP, you will have a consolation with a Chinese herbal therapy practitioner. They will ask you a range of questions and may also examine you (dependent on your ailment), ask to look at your tongue and feel your pulse.

What happens after?

After you consultation, your practitioner will be able to create the right combination of herbs to address your ailments. You will be given full instructions on when to take your herbs and how much to take, just like you would with any normal prescription.

Herbs are normally administered in the traditional fashion of boiling a mixture to make a tea, or in pill form. Herbs are also available as tinctures or freeze-dried powders. The taste may be a little unusual, but you will get used to it.

And don’t worry, Chinese herbs are made of entirely natural, non-toxic ingredients. In the UK, only herbal products are used in clinical practice, as minerals, animal products and endangered species are not allowed.

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You can also find out more about Traditional Chinese Medicine here.

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