Chinese Herbal Medicine

Treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine involves the use of a combination of herbs designed to correct the particular disharmony of the individual. As the patient’s condition progresses, the balance and combination of the herbs can be modified.

The herbal prescription may be administered in the form of capsules, concentrated herbal powder, pills, teas, tinctures, or external ointments, according to the circumstances and the pathology of the patient. The herbal formula may include leaves, flowers, roots, stems, barks and seeds of plants.

Chinese herbal medicine is particularly recommended in cases of chronic deficiency, blood stagnation and damp/phlegm accumulation.

Frequency and duration of treatment 

If herbal medicine is prescribed, treatment will need to be reviewed at intervals and adjusted as appropriate. Follow-up consultations will usually take place every 2-4 weeks. The length of the treatment will vary greatly depending on the condition and the individual. Anything between one and six months would be common.

Are Chinese herbs safe?

Chinese herbs are very safe when prescribed correctly by a properly trained practitioner. Allergic-type reactions are rare and will cause no lasting damage if treatment is stopped as soon as symptoms appear. Members of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine  abide by UK laws which have banned the use of certain toxic herbal ingredients, and they use only approved herbal suppliers which adhere to strict quality control procedures. The practitioner carefully monitors each patient to ensure there are no unusual reactions to treatment. It is important to inform the practitioner of any drug treatment that you may be receiving in order to ensure that there is no incompatability between the drugs and any ingredients in the herbal formula.

Endangered species and animal products

UK laws have banned the use of endangered plant species in Chinese Medicine and the use of all animal and mineral products.