Chinese herbal medicine is a system of traditional medicine that uses plants, minerals, and animal substances to treat a variety of health conditions. It is one of the main components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Chinese Herbal Medicine Prescription
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
There are thousands of different herbs used in Chinese herbal medicine, each with its own unique properties. Herbs are often combined in formulas to treat specific conditions.
For example, here are some of the common herbs used in Chinese medicine:
- Astragalus (huangqi): This herb is used to boost the immune system and improve energy levels.
- Ginseng (ren shen): Used to improve overall health and stamina.
- Wolfberry (Goji): Used to improve eyesight, strengthen liver and kidneys
- Chinese Yam (Shan Yao): Used to nourish spleen and kidneys, alleviate diarrhoea
- Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua): Used to clear heat, soothe sore throat and skin inflammation
- Rehmannia (dihuang): Used to nourish the blood and improve circulation.
- Schisandra (wu weizi): Used to strengthen the lungs and kidneys.
What are the Benefits of Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is based on the TCM theory of yin and yang, which seeks to balance the complementary forces of energy in the body. Herbal medicine work by correcting the imbalances present in various health issues, restore balance and promoting the body’s natural healing ability.
Here are some of the common uses of Chinese herbal medicine.
Management of health conditions
Herbal medicine can be used to manage a large variety of conditions, including (but not limited to):
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Stress, anxiety & insomnia
- Colds, cough & flu
- Migraine & headaches
- Digestive issues (indigestion, bloating, IBS)
- Skin conditions (acne, eczema)
- Chronic fatigue & low energy
- Reproductive health (low libido, infertility)
- Gynaecological disorders (menstrual pain, menopause)
Providing relief to the side effects of Western medications & medical treatments
It can also potentially be used to reduce any major side effects of conventional medications and treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Improvement for overall health & well-being.
Herbal medicine can help to improve overall health and well-being by boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, and promoting relaxation. It can also help to improve the quality of life by reducing pain, improving sleep, and boosting energy levels.
It is important to note, however, that Chinese herbal medicine is not a cure-all and should not be used in place of conventional medical treatment for critical conditions. Please seek conventional medical treatment first in such cases.
How are They Taken?
Traditionally, Chinese herbs are boiled over long periods and the decoction is drunk warm or hot. At PULSE, herbal medication is prescribed in more convenient forms for busy modern living, such as:
Concentrated herbal extract granules
Herbs are extracted and concentrated into granule form using modern pharmaceutical technology. These concentrated herbal extracts are widely considered one of the best replacements for the traditional boiling of herbs. Herbal granules can be conveniently consumed by dissolving in hot water.
Herbal Ointments & Plasters
These are topically applied to targeted body parts to alleviate pain and swelling due to acute injury or chronic pain.
Are There Any Side Effects to Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Occasionally patients may experience some diarrhoea from herbal medication for detoxification. And as with Western medication, some patients may be allergic to certain herbs, perhaps experiencing rash after consumption of herbs. Do consult your physician if any symptoms develop.
Can Chinese Herbal Medicine be Used with Other Medications?
Herbal medication needs to be taken at least two hours apart from other medications or supplements.
What to Expect
If you are considering using Chinese herbal medicine, it is important to engage a qualified TCM physician. At PULSE, our registered physicians will begin any treatment with a detailed consultation involving a review of your medical history and TCM diagnostic examinations.
IMPORTANT: Please inform your physician of any medicines you are currently taking or any medical treatments you are undergoing; so they can be taken into account in your prescription to avoid any contraindications.
Your physician will then prescribe a herbal formula suited to your unique needs and body constitution. Your physician may also recommend pairing herbal medication with another treatment method (e.g. Acupuncture) if it can be beneficial for your condition.
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