Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine




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What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
When should I seek Chinese Herbal Medicine?
How is Chinese Herbal MedicinePerformed?
Does it hurt?
Can I get rebates from my health insurance?
The History of Chinese Herbal Medicine


What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a comprehensive medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness , prevent disease and improve well-being.
Chinese Herbal Medicine uses the body’s energetic framework to balance the flow of Qi (vital energy, pronounced chee) in the body. If Qi is deficient, excess, stagnant or scattered, disease often follows. The subtlety of the medicine often allows it to prevent a trend towards illness while remaining a powerful tool against disease .

More and more people are now recognizing Traditional Chinese Medicine may provide a safe alternative to deal with many refractory diseases and studies are being conducted to prove its effectiveness..

Prescribing in Chinese Herbal Medicine has three important features.

The first is that the therapeutic actions of all formulas and individual herbs are described in terms of the theory of Chinese medicine. This means that a diagnosis, phrased in the language of Chinese medicine, for example Heat, Cold, Fire, Metal, Wind, Earth and Water, already points to various formulas or individual herbs.

The second is that the practitioner usually prescribes formulas rather than individual herbs. Formulas are groups of herbs working together synergistically. A group of herbs is usually safer and better adapted to deal with a complicated clinical condition.

The third is that the long tradition ensures both the effectiveness and safety of prescriptions given by trained practitioners.

Together these three characteristics give the practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine a deep understanding of the patient’s health problems and a safe effective method for treating many ailments, both physical and mental.

When should I seek Chinese Herbal Medicine?

It is effective for both physical and psychological problems. It is a misconception that Chinese Herbal Medicine is only used for treating preventively as Chinese Herbal Medicine also very effectively treats diseases, syndromes and symptoms surrounding difficult to cure diseases.

How is Chinese Herbal Medicine Performed?

Your practitioner will take a history of your complaint, taking into account your symptoms, where they are in the body, the time of day they occur, and the markers used in Traditional Chinese Medicine such as tongue colour, pulse, face shape, and energy flow.

In some cases you will only need a herbal prescription, and possibly diet and lifestyle advice, while in others Acupuncture may be included.

Your progress will be monitored over follow up visits spaced appropriately for your condition.

Does it hurt?

No, but some people find that the taste of the herbal mixtures makes it difficult to take them. Usually this problem can be overcome with perseverence or working with your practitioner to find alternative ways of taking the herbs.

Can I get rebates from my health insurance?

Nearly always, as long as you are covered for this service. It is always best to check with your Health Fund to understand your level of cover prior to seeking an appointment.

The History of Chinese Herbal Medicine

The origin of the Chinese herbal tradition is said to stem from the legendary emperor Sheng Nong who lived around 3500 BC.

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