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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is rapidly advancing onto the world stage as a medicine that has endured through time and history to assuage the ills of humankind and assist in the prevention of further diseases and imbalances of health.


Chinese herbal medicine is notable for its sophistication in addressing clinical concerns while remedying an individual’s particular needs. Thousands of years old, the herbal medicine tradition remains a vibrant player in today’s health field.

 

11. How is an herbal decoction prepared?

The commonly used form of Chinese herbal medicine is the decoction. The preparation of the decoction directly influences the therapeutic result. In the traditional way, the herbal decoction should be prepared every day during the treatment course.

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12. What is the usual way to take herbal medicine?

The patient should pay attention to the method of taking herbal medicine to ensure the therapeutic result.

Herbal medicine should always be taken warm. If the herbal medicine is a decoction it should be taken when warm; herbal medicines that expel Wind-Cold are better taken hot. If the medicine is a concentrated herbal powder, it should be dissolved in boiling water and taken after it has cooled a little.

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13. How should children be given herbal medicine?

As herbal medicine is administrated in rather small dosage and the diet of children is often simple compared with that of an adult, the method of giving herbal medicine to children also differs from that for adults.

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14. What are the contraindications and cautions when using Chinese herbal medicine?

In order to ensure the therapeutic effects of Chinese herbal medicine and the safety of the patients, it is important to know the contraindications of using Chinese herbal medicine so as to avoid mistakes and accidents.

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15. Which herbs can be used as substitutes for substances that are banned or unavailable?

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has a long history, which dates back 5000 years to the beginning of the Chinese civilization. It is the result of people’s effort to utilize nature for survival and is developed on the basis of long-term observation, study and practice under the guidance of ancient philosophy.

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