Chinese Herbal Medicine
Together with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine is a major pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine, historically the primary healthcare system in China and parts of East Asia. Chinese herbal medicine has developed over thousands of years, and is continually being refined.
Chinese herbal medicine now has over 6,000 different medicinal substances known for their healing properties and the illnesses that they are helpful in treating.
Used together with acupuncture or as a complete treatment by itself, Chinese herbal medicine is used to treat a wide variety of health conditions including infertility. Chinese herbal medicine can work in conjunction with acupuncture by providing support for the energetic rebalancing effect of acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese herbs are classified according to their energetic qualities and functions. They are defined with terms such as warming, cooling, tonifying, or detoxifying. These descritpions describe the overall energetic make-up of the herb.
The healing qualities of a herb depend on many things: cultivation, harvesting, storage, selection, discernment of quality, and the different processing methods used.
With around 300 plants and herbs commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine, their healing properties can be found in the seeds, roots, stems, leaves, twigs, fruit and flowers.
Chinese herbs are often taken in formulas rather than singularly. By combining herbs, usually two to twenty different herbs, synergies have been discovered which vastly increase the effects of the Chinese herbal medicine treatment.
Chinese herbal medicine formulas can be prepared in varying forms: liquid, tablets, capsules, powders, pellets, creams, and ointments. The Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic dispenses a concentrated powder, favoured for its ease of use and high therapeutic potency. The powder is simply added to hot water to make a tea and typically taken twice a day.