Chinese herbal medicine is one of the oldest and most advanced natural medicine systems in the world. The application of herbal formulas has been continually refined in the light of clinical findings from their first use over 2000 years ago to their application today, and they are still as relevant for complex modern diseases as they were in ancient times. They are routinely used alongside Western medicine in many Eastern countries. Herbs help to cleanse, strengthen and balance. Each treatment is formulated individually to address the cause rather than the mere symptoms of disease.
In our one to one consultations we use several diagnostic tools (e.g; your date of birth, pulse, tongue, posture, use of language and others) to provide a window into what mental and emotional patterns are creating stress and what organs and systems of the body need attention. With this knowledge we can prescribe individualised programmes of yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle advice. This is sometimes supported by on-going healing conversations using Karam Kriya, and or Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Chinese or Western Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is widely used for a broad range of physical organ/internal issues. Many patients however are both not familiar with the options for more serious medical issues. Additionally, it is at times confusing to patients when your practitioner describes your “liver” as being stagnant or your “spleen” as deficient only later to find out that they are in no way talking about the physical organs themselves but their respective systems from a Chinese Medicine perspective.
In the west this confusion is part of why patients may not always think of Chinese Medicine beyond a certain level of illness. So pain is often considered treatable, sometimes psychological issues, sometimes allergies – but rarely chronic physical organ issues, cancers, etc. In many parts of the world Chinese Medicine is used for serious and even extremely acute medical issues. It is not, however, as often an either/or decision which it often feels like it is in the west (i.e. either Chinese Medicine or Western Medicine, but not both).