FAQs about Chinese Herbal Medicine:

According to Chinese medicine theory.Illness or ailments occur because of disharmony qi and blood or balance broken between Yin and Yang.It can be invasion of the body external factors like wind,cold,heat,dampness and dryness,causing obstruction of the energy in the meridians;or inappropriate life style or long-term illness causing weakness of the internal organs.Some may be due to emotional disturbance.Herbs can help the body to regain the balance by eliminating to causative factors and obstruction or by tonifying the weakness.

modern research the proven that some natural herbs/plants are natural broad spectrum antibiotics,anti-virus and immune-stimulant.

    • How is herbal herbal medicine taken?

In clinic,the oral taken herbal medicines are used in the following ways:-

A. Decoction/Tea

Based on the overall conditions a patient has,which includes the state of illness,the patient’s sex,age,constitution,occurring season of the disease and circumstances,the physician begins with the guidelines as delineated in classical texts to form a basic prescription and then adjusts the mixture to the patients needs by adding or deleting various herbs or manipulating the dosages of the compounds to fit the precise disharmony.A  herbal prescription usually contains 5-15 substances and the dosages average 3-15 grams per herb.Patients need to cook these herb themselves.

B.Herbal Extracts

Single Chinese herbal extracts are herbal decoctions that have been condensed into a granular or powdered form.it is a very modern evolution for herbs.the doctor will make a prescription and mix them for you.You can drink it like coffee. Nowadays some patent medicines or formulas are also made in granular or powder forms.

    • Is herbal medicine Safe?

Clinically,Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced directly in the human body for thousands of years,which is much longer than Western Medicine.It is been proven that it is effective , safe,less side-effect.

Although some of herbs are humanly planted,but most grow wildly and naturally collected. Some herbs may have some side-effect or small toxin,but through certain way of preparing or processing before use or combining use with other herbs,this can be avoided.

    • What is the difference between food and herbal medicine?

Plants are the source of food,so do the herbs.Some food are used as herbs or some herbs can be taken as daily food,such as ginger,spring onion,garlic,pepper and etc.some fruits are used as herbs as well,for example,orange peel/skin,longan,hawthorn and many more.

All food and herbs have their nature and flavour. This is the fundamental elements of their nutrition and therapeutic function. natures includes cold/cool,warm/hot;flavour includes pungent,sweet,sour,bitter and salty.

how often and how much of certain kind we can take?depends on their nature and flavour and the constitution of the patients.most of the food we can take every day because they have neutral or mild in nature and flavour,but some food we can have them occasionally or with small amount each time because their have stronger nature and flavour, it is either too cold or too hot.For example,patient with IBS (cold stomach and spleen) better not have pear,melon or banana(all these fruit have cold nature);while people with skin conditions like eczema and Psoriasis(heat in the body or blood) can not have curry,pepper and alcohol.

    • Can I take herbal medicine and prescribed medicine together?

Yes,you can.As a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner,they also had training in western medicine. For better result or to avoid interference you are advised that they are taken in different time of the day.You can also notify doctors may have no idea about Chinese herbal medicines.

    • How long do I need to take herbal medicine?

this is totally depends on your conditions.Generally,for acute condition,you my only need 2 days or 5 days,for chronic and long-term illness,you may need few months.