Chinese Herbal Medicine: A love of plant & herbal medicine
As a young child, growing up in the Hills of Adelaide I always loved playing with plants, flowers & herbs that grew on our little farm property – crushing up leaves, seeds & petals and putting them on my skin… As a teenager I moved to Melbourne to study Naturopathy before embarking on my journey to become a Chinese Medicine Practitioner where my love of plant and herbal medicine grew. In the school’s large raw herb dispensary, I made formulas with pink rose buds, spicy cinnamon bark, lotus seeds, peony roots & honey cooked licorice.
These days it’s not common for people to want raw herbs and I now dispense granulated herbal formulas, which are taken as herbal teas. Although they don’t come in sweet little brown bags filled with roots, sticks and seeds, granules are an incredibly easy and effective way to take Chinese Herbs.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine works along side of acupuncture but can also be used as a stand alone treatment. Chinese Herbal Medicine has a continuous history of development dating back thousands of years in China and other parts of East Asia.
Traditional Medicine for Modern People:
The geneses of Chinese herbal medicine can be traced back at least 5000 years and is one of the eldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Chinese herbal medicine has evolved to become what it is today – a holistic system of primary health care that is used successfully to treat a broad range of chronic and acute health problems.
Holistic Health Care:
Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment, which means that instead of focusing on simply eliminating the signs and symptoms, the aim is to bring balance back to the body’s systems by treating the root cause.
As qualified practitioner I am skilled at prescribing bespoke Chinese herbal formulas that specifically treat individual health problems. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, your Chinese herbal treatment is also revised until the desired health outcome is realized.
What substances are used in Chinese Herbal Medicine?
There are more than 450 substances frequently used in Chinese herbal medicine – the majority are of plant origin though some animal (any animal substances used are sustainably harvested and no endangered species are prescribed – if you are a vegetarian or do not want to consume animal substances, alternative herbs can be selected) and mineral substances may also be used.
You may find some in your kitchen, such as turmeric, ginger, garlic and cinnamon, while others such as chrysanthemum and peony flowers, are more likely to be found in your garden! Many of the substances used will be unfamiliar to you and have names like chai hu (bupleurum), sheng di huang (rehmannia), and huang qi (astragalus).
How is Chinese Herbal Medicine prescribed?
Chinese herbal medicines are most often prescribed as a formula which takes into account the individual therapeutic action of each herb as well as the effects when combined together.
What conditions does Chinese Herbal Medicine treat?
As well as providing effective treatment for a wide range of health conditions, Chinese herbal medicine may also be used to support general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening normal body functions, the immune system is strengthened and a general sense of well-being is encouraged.
A glimpse of conditions typically treated with Chinese herbal medicine include:
- Insomnia and fatigue
- Loss of appetite and common digestive disorders
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Common cold and influenza
- Chronic headaches
- Skin disorders
- Fluid retention
- Anxiety, depression and stress
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- Premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation
- Excessive menstruation
- Impotence and prostate disorders
- Disorders associated with menopause
The Wild Fox Acupuncture Clinic:
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Bo has a Bachelor Degree in Health Science majoring in Chinese Medicine. She is both a registered Acupuncturist & Herbalist and a trained birth assistant. She specialises in women’s health, fertility, post natal care, birth, emotional wellbeing, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and digestive health. Call 0413 936 024 to Book an appointment today.