Chinese Herbalist and Acupuncturist, Orange and Bathurst
Herbal medicine is one of the foundations of TCM, spanning thousands of different herbal combinations (known as prescriptions or formulas), each with a clear and specific theoretical background. This immense flexibility and adaptability ensures that herbal remedies are potentially able to assist with a wide range of conditions.
Dr Christopher Booth (Chinese med.) is a registered and qualified Chinese herbalist. He was founder of The Herb Booth, Australia’s first ever quality assured and TGA licensed, dispenser of Chinese medicinal herbs. From his 10 years as owner of this dispensary he developed a discernment for both ingredient quality and quality in prescription dispensing.
All herb prescriptions supplied now are dispensed through the on-site dispensary at East West Clinic, Chris’s Orange clinic.
How Does Herbal Medicine Work?
The Chinese herbal library is exceptionally vast, and contains thousands of different herbs, with around 100 herbs in regular, general practice use. They are most often prescribed as combinations of between 2 and 20 different herbs, and the combinations are selected and tailored to the patient’s specific needs. Your condition is unique, and so is the treatment. As conditions progress, prescriptions can be changed, dosages can be modified and various herbs can be added or removed from the formula. This ensures that it will always be the most relevant therapy. At our Orange Chinese herbal medicine practice, every herbal formula is dispensed after consultation and is customised to you.
How are the Herbs Taken?
Dr Booth uses herbs in the form of concentrated granular extracts. These can be prepared much like a cup of instant coffee. Simply dissolve the granules in hot water and drink them as tea. Not only is this an easy delivery form, but it also allows for greater quality control.
Herbal Side Effects
Chinese herbal medicine is generally considered safe, although some individual case might experience adverse reactions. However, tailored prescriptions and the vast repertoire of formulas and ingredients available mean that Chris can find the best possible option to reduce the chance of side effects.
Chinese Herbs and Western Medicine Combinations
A commonly asked question is whether traditional herbs can be taken in combination with modern medicine. The answer is most commonly yes — there some instances of poor interactions between Chinese herbs and Western medicine, and where this is the case, qualified practitioners are generally familiar with which combinations to avoid.
Some modern countries, such as Japan, are good examples of Chinese herbalism and conventional “Western” medicine being used to complement each other as part of their national mainstream healthcare. For example, TCM may be used to treat the side effects, such as nausea and vomiting or fatigue, associated with intensive treatments like chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
While Chinese herbal combinations can generally be used in conjunction with conventional medications, it’s still important that you discuss any medications you are taking, herbal or otherwise, with both your TCM practitioner and prescribing medical doctor.
Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic in Orange and Bathurst
Call (02) 6361 9069 or contact us online to make an appointment.