Herbal medicine has been continually refined and developed by many doctors and schools over the centuries and modern research has been conducted into many aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Today’s practitioners have the benefit of classical wisdom and empirical research, as well as modern biomedical research.
About the herbs
Chinese Herbal Medicine works on the same diagnostic basis as Acupuncture. Its aim is to treat the presenting symptom AND the underlying cause by stimulating the body’s own healing ability. As with Acupuncture the process is one of looking for connections rather than reducing focus on a single symptom. With Chinese medicine several symptoms can have the same underlying cause.
Chinese Medicine recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it can both maintain and enhance our capacity for well being. A herbal prescription usually contains about 10 different herbs which when combined work synergistically to create an effective treatment. Taking herbal medicine in this way is different from taking pharmaceutical drugs that are based on isolating the active ingredients of plants. The overall effect of taking the formula is greater than the sum of its parts, because of the unique way that the herbs combine to enhance and balance each other within the prescription or formula. Within a formula there will be herbs that address the symptom (branch) and herbs that address the underlying energy or Qi (root). The aim is to treat the whole person and generate a state of wellness.
Diseases that can treated with Chinese herbs
Some commonly presented conditions are:
- Skin disease, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria
- Gastro-intestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis
- Gynecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and dysmenorrheal, endometriosis, infertility
- Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations
- Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, allergic and perennial rhinitis and sinusitis
- Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis
- Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
- Muscular Skeletal, including acute and chronic back pain, sciatica
Cost of herbs
An average prescription will cost £15/ £20 per week