Chinese Herbal Therapy

Chinese Herbal Therapy has an uninterrupted history of development since the 3rd century BC both in China as well as other parts of East Asia. Throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.

Chinese Herbal Therapy, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.

However, the tradition as a whole places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well being and happiness.

Why Try Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Chinese Herbal Therapy is one of the central modalities used in traditional Chinese medicine. While acupuncture is an effective treatment for many health complaints, its use together with Chinese Herbal Therapy can be more effective or render quicker results for the more deep-seated or long-term problems and can prove effective where acupuncture has failed.

In many cases, Chinese Herbal Therapy has a great deal to offer where conventional medicine has had difficulty in resolving certain conditions especially in their chronic form. The results that can be expected and the length of treatment required will depend on the severity of the condition, its duration, and the general health of the patient.

What Is Used In Chinese Herbal Therapy?

There are 5,767 medicinal substances currently in use, including plant, animal, and mineral substances. The Materia Medica includes information on the traditional uses, dosages, and contra-indications for each substance, as well as any available information on drug interactions, and any conventional medical research that has been published.

Today, there are more than 450 substances commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine – most are of plant origin though some animal and mineral substances may also be used. You may find some in your kitchen, such as ginger, garlic and cinnamon. Some substances that were used traditionally are no longer part of modern professional Chinese herbal medicine practice. For example, traditional remedies that are derived from endangered species have been replaced by other substances with similar actions.

Are The Substances Safe To Use?

We source our raw and loose herbs from suppliers certified and registered with the Federation of Chinese Physicians and Medicine Dealers Associations of Malaysia (FCPMDAM). Processed medicinal substances are sourced from suppliers registered with the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.

We are committed to following the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) guidelines that also prohibit the use of herbs that have been proven to be toxic.

How Is Chinese Herbal Therapy Prescribed?

We most often use two or more substances in Chinese medicinal formulations to create a balanced, synergistic effect that reflects the holistic nature of the diagnosis. Although there are literally thousands of traditional herbal formulas for just about every condition imaginable, a formula is almost always modified by the therapist to suit the subtle nuances of the condition and constitution of the patient, making each formulation highly individualized.

Chinese medicinal formulations are prepared in a number of different ways:

  • Herbal Decoctions
    The most traditional method of preparing an herbal formula in China, decoctions can involve lengthy preparation and result in “teas” known for their strong taste and aroma.
  • Herbal Granules
    Processed herbs in granular form that can be mixed with hot water to make a tea, making it both convenient as well as less pungent when compared to decoctions.
  • Herbal Pills
    Pre-made herbal formulations in pill or tablet form, allowing for convenience but less versatile as modification of the formulation is limited.
  • Herbal Compounds / Syrup
    Pre-made herbal formulations in syrup form, allowing for convenience but less versatile as modification of the formulation is limited.
  • Liniments / Poultice / Compresses
    Formulations made for external application.
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Chinese Herbal Therapy
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Chinese Herbal Therapy
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Chinese Herbal Therapy is one of the central modalities used in traditional Chinese medicine. While acupuncture is an effective treatment for many health complaints, its use together with Chinese Herbal Therapy can be more effective or render quicker results
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