Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has maintained and developed an ancient understanding of the way in which plants and other natural products can be used to treat disease and restore good health to the mind and body. Increasingly the insights gained by meticulous observations over hundreds of years are being substantiated by modern research.
Clinical trials are showing preliminary evidence that CHM is effective for a wide range of conditions including gynaecological problems such as endometriosis, digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, or skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. In addition the presence of powerful active compounds within Chinese herbs has been substantiated by the development of drugs such as the anti–flu Tamiflu or the anti–malarial Artemesisin.
These research findings are not surprising. CHM has a documented history of over 2000 years that records how herbalists successfully treated many diseases that still occur today.
These insights have been collated and integrated and are still relevant to the modern delivery of CHM. As a result there is increasing evidence herbal medicines offer a safe and effective treatment option for conditions ranging from acne to xerostomia!
What does CHM involve? Treatment begins with an in depth consultation where your symptoms and general health are discussed in detail, your pulse is felt, and your tongue inspected. CHM uses the same diagnostic system as acupuncture which, although initially strange, often helps people to develop a holistic understanding of their illness and the various physical, psychological and lifestyle factors that may be involved in causing and eventually resolving it.
Once you have been diagnosed a complex herbal formula will be written to help address both the symptoms and the root cause of your condition. This prescription will be unique to you and will change during the course of your treatment.