Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbs are the basis of all medicines both Western and Asian. The use of herbal medicine in the west has generally died out and most people do not understand the benefits and uses of herbs, however they are making a comeback and from 2013 the government has recommended that anybody prescribing herbs must be qualified, after all herbs are medicine.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine we use herbs alongside acupuncture treatment or on their own. Some people may have already experienced boiling herbs and the unusual smell and taste. Boiling herbs increases the potency and are often used to give the body a kick start for the healing process to begin. As the patient's health improves then the use of powders or granules can be used and is easier to take over longer periods. If a patient's condition is not too serious then a course of powders or granules can be prescribed.
At Beckenham Therapy Rooms Dr Pamela D'Alberto (TCM) offers a very comprehensive and knowledgeable approach to the use of herbal medicine. Pamela combines the use of acupuncture and herbs where necessary or may prescribe herbs on their own. The use of herbal medicine in the west is beginning to make a resurgence and 2000 years of tried and tested herbs is of great assistance in our modern age when the use of antibiotics and other drugs is being limited due not only to side effects but the build up of resistance . The body can work extremely well with herbs as there are no side effects or very limited ones and the body can digest and absorb them well.
In the West no animal products are used, only parts of the plant ie. roots, bark, stems, flowers, fruit, etc.
All our herbs are of the highest quality and are prescribed on an individual basis to meet each individual patient's needs.
About Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
Because of its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness it has for centuries had a very great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.
Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person's Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.
However, the tradition as a whole places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well being and happiness.
What can Chinese Herbal Medicine treat?
Chinese medicine is successfully used for a very wide range of conditions. Among the more commonly treated disorders are:
- Skin disease - eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria
- Gastro-intestinal disorders - irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis
- Gynaecological conditions - pre-menstrual syndrome, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis, infertility
- Hepatitis and HIV - some promising results have been obtained for treatment of Hepatitis C, and supportive treatment may be beneficial in the case of HIV
- Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations
- Respiratory conditions - asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, allergic and perennial rhinitis and sinusitis
- Rheumatological conditions - osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Urinary conditions - chronic cystitis
- Psychological problems - depression, anxiety
- Children's diseases
Many of these conditions, especially in their chronic forms, create great difficulty for conventional medicine, whilst Chinese Herbal Medicine has a great deal to offer. The results that can be expected and the length of treatment required will depend on the severity of the condition, its duration, and the general health of the patient.
Who can have treatment?
Chinese medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Your practitioner will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before providing treatment. With suitable adjustments for dosage and with some provisos which will be determined by your practitioner, children and pregnant women can very well be treated by Chinese medicine.
Are herbs safe?
Chinese herbs are very safe when prescribed correctly by a properly trained practitioner. Over the centuries doctors have compiled detailed information about the pharmacopoeia and placed great emphasis on the protection of the patient. Adverse reactions can occur with any form of medicine. In the case of Chinese herbal medicine these are rare.
Animal Products & Endangered Species
All animal products are currently banned and not for sale in the UK. Any products you will receive from our practitioner at Beckenham Therapy Rooms are of the highest standard and 100% herbal.