Acupuncture is one of the most popular and effective contemporary healing techniques, practised in almost every country on the globe
Chinese Herbal Medicine employs the same diagnostic methods as other types of TCM and, rather than using pre-sterilised disposable Acupuncture needles to provide the treatment, it uses Traditional Chinese Medical ingredients such as roots, leaves and flowers which are combined according to classical Chinese Prescriptions to treat the client’s condition.
Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used with or without the accompaniment of Acupuncture treatment.
Chinese herbal medicine practitioner prescribes safely and effectively tailor-made prescriptions for their clients.
In TCM, every individual is unique and the condition behind apparently identical symptoms must be individually assessed. After a full TCM diagnosis, a classical base prescription is selected which is then amended and adjusted to precisely fit this person’s complaint and condition.
Note: Never self-prescribe Chinese Herbal Medicines! Not even teas or supplements sold over the counter in many Chinese pharmacies.
What is in a Chinese Herbal Medicine prescription?
- Only Traditional Chinese herbal plant products are used.
- No Western medicines are used.
- No animal products, mineral products nor endangered plant species are used.
- Chinese Herbal medicines used in the prescriptions are all bought from a specific list of Approved Herbal Suppliers who ensure their products have been screened for being safe, effective and legal and are not derived from environmentally threatened species.
Your prescribing practitioner complies with any advice or prohibitions from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Can you use Chinese Herbal Medicine with other forms of medicine?
TCM in general, including Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong can be combined with or used alongside other medical therapies and disciplines, such as western medicine.
Sometimes it is not advisable take Chinese herbal medicine Western medicines, but you will not be asked to stop taking any Western Medicines that the doctor has prescribed for you. Rather, your practitioner may suggest another more suitable TCM treatment method to be used instead.
You should always inform your practitioner about any western or other medication you are taking.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine used for?
All forms of TCM treatment strive to boost, reinforce, strengthen and invigorate the Qi. Acupuncture medicine, for example, employs finest needles, applied to the skin, to drive out unhealthy Qi and restore healthy circulation of optimal Qi. Herbs do likewise, but from the inside. The herbs are ingested and work away, silently and unseen, to do their restorative, regenerative or vitalising work.
Herbal medicine is often used when acupuncture isn’t achieving the desired result and it can be particularly useful for women’s complaints, including menstrual irregularities and fertility concerns, and for forms of rheumatic arthritis.
“After distinguishing a particular pattern of disharmony in a patient, the practitioner of TCM usually chooses a prescription from a repertoire of some 1000 common classical prescriptions that can rebalance various disharmonies.
The formulas are coordinated matrices that can resonate with various imbalances and elicit health. Thus, the physician is armed with knowledge that has been tested over the past centuries of Chinese medical history.
Because every patient is unique, the physician begins with a general prescription as delineated in the classical texts, and then adjusts the mixture to the patient by adding or deleting various herbs or by manipulating the dosages of the compounds to fit the precise disharmony”
The Web that has no Weaver. T. Kaptchuk, Rider Books, New York.
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