What is Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is a component of traditional Chinese medicine which dates back to 3rd century BC. It has continually evolved to reflect changing clinical conditions and is supported by research.
How does it work?
The pharmacological activity of each individual herb has been extensively studied and documented over the centuries. Herbal medicine is distinct from pharmaceutical drugs which isolates individual active ingredients, because the complexity of the plant materials is far more balanced, and so less likely to cause side-effects. Also, the herbs are prescribed in combination (typically, around a dozen herbs are included in a formula), and hence undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety.
A typical formula seeks to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage the self-healing process.
How do I take the herbs?
Traditionally, herbs were ingested as a tea which was made by steeping the herbs in boiling water or prepared by stir-frying or chargrilling. Modern processes now safely dry and concentrate the herbs into powders or granules that can be easily mixed with hot water and drunk.
What about endangered species?
Properly qualified and registered practitioners here in this country are entirely against the use of medicines from endangered species. NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS ARE USED IN THESE FORMULAS. The plant based powders and granules are sourced from reputable companies who can provide detailed certification of each batch of herbs.
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