| What is Chinese Herbal Therapy？
Chinese Herbal Therapy is the main component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Together
with Acupuncture, Tuina (massage) and other therapeutic techniques,
Chinese Herbal Therapy has been practised and developed over a few
thousands of years in China and is by far the most completed and
advanced form of herbal therapies in the world today. The
Chinese Pharmacopoeia collected about 6000 substances as Chinese herbs,
but only about 200 herbs are most commonly used in practice worldwide.
the guidance of the theories of TCM, a practitioner (TCM doctor) makes
diagnosis using unique techniques and then prescribes two to twelve or
more Chinese herbs to form the herbal remedy according to individual
person's specific pattern of physical/mental imbalance or disharmony.
The herbal remedies composed of raw Chinese herbs are normally taken as
the form of herbal tea, however, many well established essential
remedies are also available in the formulas of pills, tablets, capsules,
granules or concentrated powders. Chinese Herbal Therapy can address
any of the conditions treated by Western medicine as well as promote
health and enhance well-being.
Why Chinese Herbal Therapy is very valuable as the most important natural therap
TCM is an important complementary
medicine in western countries, but it has been and is still a
mainstream medicine in China. Chinese herbs have been studied and
tested over many generations in several thousands of years. As the
results of the development since ancient time, Chinese herbs have been
found to be effective to treat, cure or prevent a vast range of health
conditions that are still the threats to the health and the quality of
life. It is appropriate to say that Chinese Herbal Therapy is
particularly valuable for those conditions that modern medicine has not
found satisfactory treatments.
Is Chinese Herbal Therapy safe?
those disappeared ancient medicines, it is fortunate that not only the
characters and applications, but also the side effects and toxicities of
Chinese herbs have been well observed and systematically recorded. In
addition, the ways to reduce side effects or avoid toxicities of Chinese
herbs were widely explored and summarised. For instance, in a Chinese
herbal remedy, some herbs are used to achieve treatment effects while
other herbs may be used to reduce or antagonise their unwanted side
effects. Some special preparation methods were also developed to reduce
or delete potential toxicities of some herbs. This allows the new
generations of Chinese medical doctors to use Chinese herbs not only
effectively but also safely.
is worth to be mentioned, as a matter of fact, that the reported rate
of toxicity and side effects related to the clinical use of Chinese
herbs is only a very small fraction of that related to modern
medicines. In addition, those Chinese herbs with known toxicities are
either no longer in use or banned from use in some countries such as UK.
as a general advice, Chinese Herbal Therapy is very safe if the Chinese
herbs are used by qualified and well trained Chinese medical doctors,
and the raw herbs and herbal formulas are manufactured and supplied by
those respectable and regulated companies.
are assured that all Chinese medical doctors employed by Herbal World
are fully qualified and well trained at university level. We only use
Chinese herbs and herbal formulas purchased from major suppliers based
in UK and with respectable trading history.