What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese Herbal Medicine
An Ancient tradition
Chinese herbal medicine is a safe,
effective and drug-free way to become well and stay healthy, naturally!
Chinese herbal medicine has been used as a form
of treatment for a multitude of ailments ranging from acute infections to
chronic fatigue. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine consists of some 6, 000
substances derived from plant, animal and mineral sources, each with its own
unique property and specific effect on the body.
Over the past 5,000 years, Chinese herbology has evolved
into an art form of its own. Ancient herbal information was gathered, complied,
formulated, tested, and handed down from generation to generation. Today,
practitioners of Chinese medicine continue to prescribe herbal formulas because
they are a powerful therapeutic method. The prescribing of Chinese herbal medicine is based upon
individual pattern differentiation using techniques of pulse and tongue
A practitioner who makes use of herbs is familiar with
most of the 1,800 herbs in the Chinese pharmacopeia. All of these herbs are
classified according to their energetic qualities, functions, and different
organs, meridians, and disharmonies for which they address.
Individual herbs are combined in order to enhance their
actions and effects upon the body. When combined, a unique, synergistic formula
is created. This combination increases the benefits of particular formula, and
minimizes any harmful side effects.
In order to create the most effective formula, the herbs
are used in different quantities and for different purposes. This allows the
herbalist to create a formula aimed at addressing individual needs.
formula exists a specific hierarchy of herbs:
1. Chief herb – this
herb has the greatest effect upon the principle problem and is the most
important ingredient. It is the energetic and therapeutic focus of the entire
2. Deputy herb – these
herbs support the Chief herb in the treatment of the principle problems. Deputy
herbs usually address secondary signs and symptoms.
3. Assistant herbs – The role of assistant herbs is to support, and reinforce the effects of
other herbs. They also help moderate or eliminate any harsh properties of herbs
within the formula.
4. Envoy herbs – Envoy
herbs harmonize, guide, and focus the action of the entire formula on certain
meridians or areas of the body.
Chinese herbal formulas combined this way offer specific
synergistic actions and effects upon body and mind.
The art and skill of creating a formula lies within
choosing the precise and most effective herbs that target an individual’s
disharmony. It is important to work with a qualified herbalist who can
prescribe the correct formula, monitor progress and adjust it as needed.
Formulas can be prescribed in a number of ways: raw herbs
that are boiled into a tea, liquid extracts, pills or powders.
Chinese herbal medicine can be used to expedite the
healing process, and strengthen, support or tonify the body. These formulas
have the capacity to address the underlying root cause of various medical
conditions, whether acute or chronic. When prescribed and used correctly,
Chinese herbal formulas rarely cause unwarranted side-effects.
In our clinic, the prescription will
consist of from 4 to 15 different herbs chosen from a selection of 400. These
individual herbs are combined to form a complex herbal formula which has been testified to be effective in the
long history of TCM practice.
The herbs in our clinic are available in
the form of:
raw herbs, granules extracts,
tablets/capsules, tinctures, lotions/ creams, salves or poultices.