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Chinese Medicine

Like the other Chinese medicine disciplines, Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on the principle that good health depends on achieving optimum vitality & balance - a balance described in terms of the polarity of Yin & Yang. Chinese Herbal Medicine has a great deal to offer in supporting that vitality & balance.

Treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine involves the use of combinations of herbs, which are designed to correct the particular disharmony of the individual. The Chinese materia medica contains several hundred commonly used ingredients, including roots, stems, flowers, leaves, and barks, together with some non-plant materials. The principle is that a balance of ingredients with certain properties is matched to the individual patient's pattern, allowing the practitioner to adapt to the changing needs of the patient. Chinese Herbal Medicine may be administered in a variety of ways. Most commonly it is prescribed either as a tea, to be made up from raw herbs or from concentrated powders, or as a ready-made formula in tablet form. External preparations are also used, including creams, ointments and washes for skin conditions, and compresses for traumatised tissue.
Chinese herbal teas tend to be bitter, but most people get accustomed to them quickly.