Chinese Medicine

The first reference to the Chinese using herbs dates back nearly 5000 years. There are a number of ways that Chinese herbs can be prescribed. A Chinese herbalist diagnoses according to traditional methods and puts together a prescription to suit individual needs. Traditionally a combination of 10-20 dried herbs is boiled together and the resulting decoction taken daily. Although very effective, such decoctions are often very bitter and strong tasting – sometimes a deterrent for the Western palate. Herbs are also available as freeze dried granules or in pill or capsule form which may be easier for Westerners to accept. The benefit of the individual prescription of raw dried herbs is that it can be adapted to exactly meet the needs of the patient and is usually considerably stronger therefore more efficacious more quickly. There are likely to be fewer side effects from individually prescribed formulae.

This information was sourced from the following Association:
New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists www.acupuncture.org.nz

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