Chinese Herbal Products & Remedies
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What can Chinese herbal medicine treat?

Chinese herbal medicine is successfully used to treat a wide range of conditions. A few of the more commonly treated disorders are:

Fatigue syndromes which are common following a viral infection, some times chronic and referred to as ME

disorders, including chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis

Gynaecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and endometriosis, infertility

Psychological problems, (e.g. stress anxiety and depression,)

Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, pollen allergies and sinusitis

Rheumatological conditions, (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)

Skin disease, including acne eczema, psoriasis

Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis

Chinese herbal medicine has successfully treated most of these disorders for centuries. 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.

Chinese herbal medicine is also increasingly applied to compliment Western drugs in their treatment of other high profile disorders such as:

Cancer and HIV: supplementary herbal therapy taken along side conventional western drugs may have beneficial results in helping the body regain vitality.

Hepatitis: promising results in treating Hepatitis

People of any age or constitution can use Chinese herbal medicine. Children and pregnant women can be treated with herbal medicine provided the practitioner correctly determines suitable adjustments for dosage which in turn are correctly observed by the patient.

Over millennia Chinese herbal practitioners have compiled detailed information about the clinical effectiveness of herb (and animal) medicines, placing great emphasis on the safety of the patient.

Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are rare and are negligible when compared to Western pharmaceutical drugs. Should symptoms of an allergic type reaction to Chinese herbs appear, no permanent damage will result provided treatment is stopped immediately.

Comparing Chinese herbal medicine and common Western drugs

Many of today's Western pharmaceutical drugs have their origins in the traditional uses of plant remedies. Though both concepts share proven therapeutic effects, radical differences exist, some of which are mentioned below.

The time it takes the body to respond to either a drug or herbal medicine is very significant and should be viewed in the light of differing medical concepts. Where Chinese herbal medicine is aimed at correcting the body's internal imbalances (Ying & Yang) to encourage a self-healing process. Western drugs endeavour to target the symptoms that cause the disorder. Generally herbal medicine loses out to the potency of Western drugs, although with more people in the West adopting a healthier life style Chinese herbal medicine has become increasingly popular in its role as a complimentary therapy

Western drugs are regarded as a cleaner more precise form of medicine based on the isolated active substances of plants with known medicinal properties, thereby increasing a drug's therapeutic potency. Although fast and strong this clean synthetic potency has it's drawbacks following sustained use, in certain cases resulting in unwanted side effects, allergy or resistance to the drug.

Chinese herbal medicine uses a formulated combination of whole plant materials (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds etc) of more than one plant species with known medicinal properties. Combined plant materials are chosen for their ability to have a synergistic influence on each other. As a result Chinese herbal medicine can increase or promote therapeutic effectiveness for the patient and is thought far less likely to cause side-effects.

What are patent herbal remedies?
Patent herbal remedies offer a more general treatment that can be very helpful with less severe symptoms and Qi disharmonies, herbal medicine's equal vent of taking asprin for a headache. Patent herbal remedies in the form of pills, powders, capsules and teas are available for more general treatments, and can be supplemented with other forms of therapy and exercise that compliment the system of Chinese Medicine.

Are all natural skin creams 100% herbal?

Eczema is an increasingly common condition affecting children and adults, and causes itchy rashes, pain and inflammation.

One way of controlling eczema is by the use of corticosteroid creams prescribed the by a doctor. These can produce a swift improvement, but many people are aware of risk, particularly to children, of permanent skin damage, following long-term use of steroids for eczema.

Increasingly people have turned to herbal medicines, in particular Chinese herbal medicine and have purchased creams advertised as "natural" remedies in an attempt to avoid steroids completely.

Recently research into so-called "natural" creams - sold by a few “rouge” Chinese herbal practitioners - have been found to contain the steroid drugs customers were trying to avoid. This practice is illegal, as corticosteroids are a prescription-only medication, and herbal practitioners selling such products are breaking the law.

There are a few reasons for this type of deception: The so - called “Chinese herbal practitioner” may lack the proper qualifications to prescribe effective herbal medicines for this disorder. Pressure from the customer for a swift result induce some “herbal practitioners” to cheat. There are no “overnight” herbal treatments for eczema - Chinese herbal medicine improves the condition over a longer period of time. The only swift treatment is a steroid, so if that's what happens after you use an “herbal cream”, we would suggest you stop the treatment and get it analysed.

Chinese Herbal would like to reassure its customers that we do not knowingly sell any herbal medicines containing steroids. To avoid this occurring we only purchase our medicines from suppliers who are regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency - who ban such products.

Why our herbal treatment for eczema is 100% steroid free?

We can claim that our Chinese herbal treatment is free of steroids because our remedy for eczema is not sold in the form of a cream product. Instead our Chinese herbal practitioner will make you up a prescription made of dried herbs, following a brief consultation. Consultations are conducted online where any previous or current illness or medication is taken into account before prescribing treatment.

The prescription is mailed out to you in 7 bags that contain enough dry mixture of herbal medicine for one week - one bag per day. To prepare the mixture of herbal medicine, all that one does is empty the bag of dried herbs in to a pan, add water and soak, boil, then simmer, strain the “juice” and drink when sufficiently cool.

The unusual taste of a mixture of herbal medicine
Almost everyone who drinks a “tea” made from the “juice” of a mixture of herbal medicine at first remarks about the unusual and often bitter taste. Most adults get used to the taste very quickly, though unfortunately the taste of the “juice” is a major draw back when given to children. We would ask customers to bear this in mind before going ahead with an order for a mixture of Chinese Herbal medicine.

Endangered plant/animal species in Chinese Medicine
Chinese Herbal would like to reassure it's customers that we do not sell any products that contain the remains of wild animals or endangered plants. Chinese remedies which contain ‘exotic' ingredients and popular in certain countries, are banned in the UK. We only offer herbal products that are manufactured in China under strict Chinese government control and imported in to the UK under controls imposed by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency - formerly the Medicines Control Agency.

Can herbal tea promote weight loss?

Traditional Chinese medicine recommends the use of herbal teas for weight loss. Example: the Mongolians have long believed that drinking green tea will help them lose excess fat.

Although herbal teas have been used for centuries to help control weight, there is no modern clinical evidence to support claims for any miraculous weight loss. Research based on the supposed properties of ‘diet' herbal teas conclude that such effects on metabolism, appetite or even directly dissolving fat were unfounded.

Some Chinese herbal slimming teas claim to cleanse the excretory system, remove toxins, reduce water retention, and curb the appetite. These teas may contain senna leaves which have a purging effect on the body (rather like a mild laxative), only temporarily reducing weight, can remove excessive amounts of fluid and if taken too frequently may cause powerful stomach cramps

We sell a selection of teas in our online store and would like to inform our customers that because we don't manufacture the goods - claims made on the packaging are not those of Chinese Herbal