What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine goes back to the 3rd century and is one of the most widely used and known systems throughout the world both as a standalone form of medicine and also used alongside systems that are more traditional. Chinese medicine is a totally holistic approach to medicine which uses traditions found in East Asia, Japan, Vietnam and Korea. It is a system that compromises of herbal remedies, acupuncture, tai chi and Qi gong.


Chinese medicine is largely based on the concept of yin and yang in which balance and harmony is essential for the body and mind for our health. It is said that when our chi becomes depleted or blocked than our health is severely affected and illness begins to show. A diagnosis is usually made by using means such as looking at patterns and signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance, the system places a great deal of emphasis on the lifestyle as a whole in order to diagnose illness and prevent it.

Herbal medicine and traditional medicine

Chinese medicine and traditional medicine have always worked side by side and seem to compliment each other very well. Herbal medicine however differs from the drugs used in traditional medicine with herbal medicine being less likely to cause side effects that some traditional drugs do.

Herbal medicine is solely based on the use of plants and plants are generally prescribed in combinations with each plant complimenting each other. Herbal treatments are also given to not only ease the symptoms of illness but also as a preventative measure against illness and disease and can be taken to restore the balance within the body and encourage self-healing.

What can Chinese medicine treat?

Chinese medicine has long been used for a broad range of illnesses and conditions, some of the most commonly treated disorders include:

* Skin problems such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.

* Irritable bowel syndrome.

* Constipation.

* Pre-menstrual syndrome.

* Endometriosis.

* Infertility problems.

* Hepatitis C and AIDS.

* Chronic fatigue syndrome.

* Asthma, bronchitis and chronic coughs.

* Sinusitis and perennial rhinitis.

* Arthritis.

* Cystitis.

* The prevention and treatment of diabetes.

* Depression and anxiety.

Is Chinese medicine safe to use by anyone?

If you go to a Chinese herbalist for treatment then Chinese medicine is very safe and most people can take the herbs prescribed, as Chinese herbal medicine relies on herbs and plants, they cause very little if any side effects and can be safely taken in the correct dosage.