Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd Century B.C. It has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions into every aspect of its use.
With the systematic approach and the clinical effectiveness, Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on the concepts of yn an yang, the Five Elements and the I Ching. It’s aims are to understand and restore the fundamental balance and harmony of the body. Clinical strategies are based on the diagnosis of patterns of symptoms and signs that reflect an imbalance.
Chinese Herbal Medicine emphasises lifestyle management with a holistic approach in order to prevent diseases before they occur. It recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well-being and happiness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is safer than and distinct from medicine based upon pharmaceutical drugs. Firstly, due to the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on the isolated active ingredient and is far less likely to cause side-effects. Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formulae balance each other. They may undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety. Thirdly, herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct the internal balances rather than to treat symptoms alone because the therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage the self-healing process.
The Chinese Herbal Medicine has a role to help relieve the following conditons:
Skin diseases e.g. eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticana
Gastrointestinal disorders, e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis
Gynaecological and obstetric conditions e.g. premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis, problems related to pregnancy
Psychological problems e.g. depression, anxiety
Chronic Fatigue syndromes whether due to a background of viral infection or in other situations
Respiratory conditions e.g. asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough