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Chinese Herbs

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is a 3,500-year-old-system of medicine that can be used to address a variety of ailments from chronic conditions to minor imbalances. It is the result of a continuous process of critical thinking, clinical observation and testing. It is based on the belief that the human body is in a dynamic state of balance both internally and with the outside world. If this equilibrium is disturbed then we can become sick.

Our body’s balance can be upset by emotions such as grief, sadness or anger or by the food we eat or the environment in which we live. Some of us are born with a weak constitution and many of us overwork and become depleted. All these factors can cause minor imbalances, which, if left untreated, can become more serious pathologies. The goal of Chinese Medicine is to achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance. In order to help you achieve this we use acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, nutritional advice and shiatsu.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs differ from western herbs in that they are almost always prescribed as a formula containing 5–12 herbs. Combining different types of herbs in different quantities helps us to craft a formula to address your specific symptom pattern. Traditionally Chinese herbs were originally only available in dried form and had to be boiled for many hours to release their active ingredients. However, modern advances have lead to natural methods of extracting the active ingredients so that herbs can be prescribed in more palatable forms such as pills and freeze dried granules. Our herbal formulas are prepared according to strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and subject to high levels of quality control.

How Does Chinese Diagnosis Work?

In Chinese Medicine we are often able to tackle many problems at once while also focusing on the root of the problem. Chinese diagnosis is based on the idea that external signs and symptoms reflect the condition of the internal organs. Over thousands of years Chinese Doctors have developed this very sophisticated system of correspondences between outward signs and internal imbalances. It is not a replacement for the precision of western medical tests but it can be extremely helpful in revealing the root of an ailment which is shown from a pattern of disharmony in the body.

What does looking at my tongue tell you?

The tongue is highly vascular and contains many important taste receptor cells. It is richly supplied by both the nervous system and circulatory system. Also, it is constantly nourished or “bathed in” saliva. Saliva is secreted by our salivary glands which is controlled by our autonomic nervous system. It contains water, electrolytes, enzymes and mucus. It serves many functions and can even change the appearance of the tongue. Since the tongue’s appearance can change with many physiological shifts in the body it is a very sensitive organ. By observing the size, color and coating on the tongue we can see how your whole body is functioning and be able to detect imbalances in different systems in your body.
(source acupuncture.com)

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