Chinese Herbal Medicine

chinese herb jarsChinese herbal medicine (CHM) constitutes a large part of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which has been practised in China for more than 5000 years. TCM is still a primary therapy in a number of Asian countries, whilst being routinely practiced in parallel with Western medicine in public hospitals in China. Although CHM is an ancient system of health care, it has undergone continual development over the centuries as the causes of illnesses that afflict mankind have evolved, so has it.

Treatment with Chinese herbal medicine requires an individualised approach; following the initial diagnosis, the herbal formula constructed will be modified at different stages of the patient’s recovery or illness. Therefore, not one, but several diagnostic and treatment procedures are needed, which differs from the conventional medical approach.

Chinese elementOne of the underpinning traditional theories of TCM, is the principle of yin and yang, which provides a rationale for practice. Yin and yang in TCM can be likened to dynamic balance between anabolic and catabolic processes in the body and organs, whose constant balancing action ensures a healthy functioning body.

Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are extremely rare and are negligible when compared to those commonly produced by pharmaceutical drugs.

Jo uses powdered herbs, which are mixed with boiling water and drunk when cooled. This herbal decoction is taken twice or three times per day. It is usual to have 1-3 months of treatment to assess the effectiveness on the patient’s health. Powdered herbs cost around £40 to £60 per month.

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

  • Skin diseases
  • Gynaecological complaints
  • Digestive complaints
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Allergies
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Pain
  • Psychological problems
  • Children’s diseases
  • Addiction


chinese herbsPeople of any age or constitution can benefit from Chinese Herbal Medicine. The practitioner will always take into account any previous or current illness or medication before providing treatment. Children and pregnant women can be, and commonly are, cared for by Chinese Medicine practitioners.

The aim during the first consultation is to determine the nature of the disharmony by careful questioning and observation. Diagnosis may include examination of the tongue for its structure, colour and coating and of the pulses at the wrists, which are felt for their quality strength and rhythm.

There is no set number of treatments required. However characteristically, if treating with herbs alone, once a month is sufficient. In practice, the clinician usually combines the herbs with some or several of the following treatments: Acupuncture, Dietary Therapy, and Exercise.

Jo is able to combine her acupuncture and chinese herbs or use them separately according to the patient and their condition.

 Our Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Jo George MSc TCM, MBAc BSc (Hons) – TCM Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Please note that Jo’s diary gets booked around 3-4 weeks in advance.  We hope this information will be of help when planning your treatment.

Jo is always happy to talk and share her knowledge, please call for a FREE preliminary phone conversation with Jo on 07914 851 995. It’s an ideal opportunity to discuss your particular problem and whether you feel she can help you.

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