In Chinese Medicine we believe that illness is a reflection of deficiencies and excesses within the body. The goal of herbal therapy is to eliminate pathogens and restore the physiological balance of the internal organs. The earliest records of people using Chinese herbs to treat disease dates back to almost 4000 B.C. Herbal medicine is one of the oldest forms of alternative therapy in our history and is an unbroken tradition in Chinese culture.
Eastern herbs are different to both western herbs and pharmaceuticals in that they are prescribed based on symptoms, an individual’s body constitution, and the root cause of ailment. Fundamentally Chinese herbs are categorized and prescribed according to the theory of what Traditional Chinese Medicine calls Zang Fu. Essentially this means that each herb in put into categories according to the internal organs like the heart and what makes up their physiology; circulation of blood. A prescription of Chinese herbs consists of multiple herbs that treat multiple systems within the body. Most western herbs are singularly used and most pharmaceuticals are prescribed on a symptomatic basis. Herbal therapy can also help with the side effects many people experience from western pharmaceuticals and therapies.
The use of acupuncture and herbal therapy together can be remarkably effective in treatment and often times the herbs are able to help prolong the effects of the acupuncture. People often rely on the use of Chinese herbs to treat things like; menopause, fertility, mood disorders, digestive disorders, gynaecological dysfunction, insomnia, hair loss, allergies, fluid retention, skin disorders, colds, and flus. Just like acupuncture, herbal therapy is especially good at treating pain from disorders like arthritis or fibromyalgia. Herbs can provide relief for people suffering from chronic illness and will give you the tools needed to take your health into your own hands.