Chinese herbal medicine, is one of the longest practised herbal traditions in the world, with a 2000-year-old history.

Today in China, herbal medicine is practised as a stand-alone system of medicine as well as alongside western medicine in state hospitals throughout the country. More recently it has become popular in the West, and has grown rapidly since the 1980’s.

Chinese herbal medicine shares its philosophical background with the other disciplines of Oriental medicine. Once a diagnosis has been made, an herbal formula is prepared to correct the specific disharmony of the individual.

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How herbs are administered

Chinese herbsChinese herbal medicine consists of many hundreds of commonly used ingredients. These may be roots, stems, flowers, leaves and bark, together with some non-plant ingredients.

Herbs can be taken in many forms, traditionally as decoctions, in which raw herbs are boiled and the strained liquid drunk as a tea. This is often time -consuming and patients may dislike the taste.

Today, many commonly used formulas are available in pre-prepared formats.These can be pills, tablets, tinctures or concentrated liquid extracts.

Herbs may also be used externally. Washes or creams are prescribed for external problems such as skin conditions, bruising, or trauma.

90% of prescriptions in our clinics are given in concentrated powder form, or in capsules for those who find the herbs taste unpleasant.