Chinese HERBAL MEDICINE

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For as long as humans have tried to heal one another, they have gathered herbs from their surrounding environment to use as medicine. The beginnings of modern western pharmacology were also rooted in herbal medicine. Still today many commonly used pharmaceuticals began with a natural herbal constituent. Metformin (the world’s most widely used diabetes medication) has its pharmacological roots in the flower French lilac, aspirin was originally derived from the bark of willow trees, morphine from the seeds of poppy flowers, quinine from the bark of the cinchona tree, and penicillin from fungus. Chinese herbal medicine has demonstrated an unbroken lineage of knowledge over millennia, passed down from generation to generation of doctors until this day where it still flourishes as primary health care in modern China.

 

The goal of Chinese herbal medicine is to establish a healthier state of body function through the use of plant-based medicinals carefully constructed into formulas and individually prescribed to suit your unique therapeutic needs and constitution.

It does this by not only alleviating symptoms, but most importantly working towards addressing the root cause of your condition to facilitate a more sustained shift in health.

 
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What is Chinese herbal medicine
and how does it work?

Chinese herbal medicine is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It originated in China and is now practised throughout the world. Chinese herbal medicine is considered a safe therapy in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and as such your practitioner must be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

The goal of Chinese herbal medicine is to establish a healthier state of body function through the use of plant-based medicinals carefully constructed into formulas and individually prescribed to suit your unique therapeutic needs and constitution. Chinese herbal medicine does this by not only alleviating symptoms, but most importantly working towards addressing the root cause of your condition to facilitate a more sustained shift in health.

What factors are considered in your general physical examination?

TCM recognises you as a complex of physicality, mind and emotion. During your initial consultation, all aspects of your health are discussed. Details of your medical, surgical and family history and other relevant information such as exercise habits, eating habits and occupation are collected. A general physical examination is conducted and the tongue and wrist pulses are studied.

The length of time you may be required to take a Chinese herbal medicine formula depends on several factors. These include the duration and intensity of your present disorder, your age, constitution, and individual circumstances such as lifestyle, stress levels and health goals, are also taken into account.