Chinese Herbal Medicine
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is one discipline within a broad tradition which also includes acupuncture, massage (tuina), dietary therapy, and exercise (qigong), It is one of the great herbal traditions of the world, with a recorded history of more than two thousand years. CHM has retained a strong presence in China today, and is practised nationwide alongside western medicine in state hospitals in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. It has more recently  gained popularity in the West expanding rapidly  in the Uk since the 1990’s.

Like other Chinese medicine disciplines, CHM is based on the principle that good health depends on achieving optimum vitality and balance – a balance described in the terms of the polarity of Yin and Yang. CHM has a great deal to offer in supporting that vitality and balance.

 

What does CHM treatment Involve?

Treatment with CHM involves the use of combinations of herbs which are designed to correct the particular disharmony of the individual. The Chinese materia medica contains several hundred commonly used ingredients, including roots, stems, flowers, leaves and barks, together with some non-plant materials. The principle is that a balance of ingredients with certain properties is matched to the individual patient’s pattern, allowing the practitioner to adapt to the changing needs of the patient.

CHM may be administered in a variety of ways. Most commonly it is prescribed either as a tea, to be made up from raw herbs or from concentrated powders, or as a ready-made formula in tablet form. External preparations are also used, including creams, ointments and washes for skin conditions, and compresses for traumatised tissue. Chinese herbal teas tend to be bitter, but most people get accustomed to them quickly.