How does Herbal Medicine work?
Herbal medicine is one of the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine, with thousands of combinations having a clear theoretical background. These 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.
Chinese herbal medicine has thousands of different herbs, with around 100 in regular practice use. They are typically prescribed as combinations of 2 to 20 different herbs, tailored to each patient’s needs. Your condition is unique, and so is the treatment. Prescriptions can be changed, dosages modified, and herbs added or removed from the formula as your condition progresses. This ensures that it will always be the most relevant therapy.
How are the Herbs Taken?
Chris 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 people might experience adverse reactions. However with tailored prescriptions – and the vast repertoire of formulas and ingredients available – mean that Chris can find the best formula to reduce the chance of side effects.
Chinese Herbs and Western Medicine Combinations
Traditional Chinese herbs can be taken in combination with Western medicine, but there are some cases where they should not be. Qualified practitioners are familiar with which combinations to avoid.
In countries like Japan, Chinese herbalism is used alongside conventional Western medicine as part of their national healthcare. For example, TCM may be used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea, fatigue or vomiting.
While Chinese herbal combinations can generally be used with conventional medications, it’s still important that you discuss any medications you are taking, herbal or otherwise, with both your TCM practitioner and medical doctor.