Traditional Chinese Medicine uses herbal therapies for both, the treatment of illness and for the optimization of health and prevention of disease. These include plant, animal and mineral substances. Each herbal formula is prescribed based on your symptoms and body constitution. If taking Chinese herbal decoctions or herbal powders, these are blended and modified specifically for you.
WHO CAN TAKE HERBS?
Chinese medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. With suitable adjustments for dosage and with some provisos which will be determined by the practitioner, children and pregnant women can very well be treated by Chinese medicine.
HOW ARE HERBS FORMULATED?
Chinese herbal decoctions – This is the most traditional method of preparing an herbal formula. Raw herbs are given in a formulation, which are then cooked for a specified period of time to create a tea. The teas are strong in taste and aroma.
Herbal powders – These can be mixed with hot water to make a tea. Herbal powders are more convenient to prepare and use compared to the cooked herbal decoctions.
Chinese Patent Formulas – These are pre-made herbal formulations in pill or tablet form.
Syrups – These are soothing preparations for coughs and sore throat. Syrups are a convenient way to give herbal formulations to children.
Liniments, salves, compresses and plasters – These are used topically on the skin for various issues related to the skin and muscles.
ARE HERBS SAFE?
Herbal medicine is vastly different from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs. Because herbs are used synergistically in formulas tailored for your body and it’s needs, they are much more balanced than isolated active ingredients in western medications. For this reason, herbs are far less likely to cause the side-effects seen from taking medications. Herbs are blended together and formulated to balance each other and therefore, undergo mutual synergy, which increases efficacy and enhances safety. It is key to note that herbs primarily correct internal balances rather than treating symptoms alone. The therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage the self-healing process of your body.