Chinese Herbal Medicine


Chinese herbal medicine is a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.  Although historically patients were given a bag of raw herbs to boil up, there are more convenient and palatable forms available now. I use either granules which dissolve in hot water, or concentrated tablets. All Chinese herbs stocked are from UK suppliers approved by the register of Chinese herbal medicine and are free from contaminants and animal products.

What can Chinese Herbal Medicine treat?

Chinese herbal medicine is successfully used for a very wide range of conditions and is often used alongside acupuncture, however some choose to use herbal medicine alone. A prescription will usually give a daily dose of a herbal formula – in effect a treatment every day! – over a period of 2-3 weeks. This makes herbal medicine an attractive choice for those with time and/or financial constraints

Among the more commonly treated disorders are:

Skin diseases

Gastro-intestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis, bloating, indigestion

Gynaecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis, infertility and PCOS

Chronic fatigue syndromes and M.E., whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations

Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, hayfever and sinusitis

Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)

Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis and urinary tract infections

Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, panic attacks)

Children's diseases