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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Saturday, 08 January 2011 01:22

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What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Health is more than just the absence of disease, and Chinese Medicine recognises this with its unique capacity to harmonise and enhance our capacity for enjoyment fulfillment and happiness.

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is an ancient system of health care that has undergone continual development over the centuries as the causes of illness that afflict mankind have evolved. In its country of origin it is not an alternative form of therapy, but is used in the state hospitals alongside modern medicine.

Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of treating disease in all its forms. Although your practitioner will treat whatever complaint you have come for, the traditional view places great importance on preventing disease before it occurs.

Chinese Medicine consists of:

* herbal therapy
* acupuncture
* dietary therapy
* exercise
* lifestyle management.

Some or several of these may be employed in the course of your treatment.

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

Chinese Medicine has been used as front line medicine by the majority of the worlds population since before recorded history, and is still the most widely utilised medical system in the world today. Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are extremely rare and are negligible when compared to those commonly produced by pharmaceutical drugs.

What are the Herbs like and How Much Will They Cost?

Herbs are now available in a number of formats, both traditional and modern. The herbs will taste unusual at first to anyone who has not tried them before, hut most people will get used to the taste very quickly There are no standard prices for treatment or herbs. This will depend on the individual practitioner and the part of the country you are in. You should enquire about charges when making your appointment. Many private health insurance companies are now covering acupuncture and a few will also pay for herbal treatment. Contact your insurance company to check.

Endangered Species

The RCHM is greatly concerned about the threat to wild animals and plants that have come about as a result of the growth in demand for traditional medicines. RCHM has a strict policy forbidding the use of any type of endangered species.

What Can They Treat?

Chinese Medicine can understand and treat all forms of ill health. The results that can be expected and the length of treatment required will depend on the severity of the disease, it’s duration and the general health of the patient. Chinese Herbal Medicine is probably most renowned in the west for it’s effects on:

* Ski a disease
* Gynaecology
* Digestive complaints
* Respiratory conditions
* Allergies
* Disorders of the immune system
* Pain
* Psychological problems
* Children ‘s diseases
* Addiction.

Who Can Have Treatment?

Chinese Herbal Medicine can be employed by people of any age or constitution. Your practitioner will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before providing treatment. Children and pregnant women can be, and commonly are, cared for by Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Source: - The Register of Herbal Chinese Medicine 

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