Chinese Herbal Medicine
Your initial consultation
I will assess your specific health needs and customize a formula that you can collect at the clinic or receive by First Class delivery. The remedy comes as an herbal granules that you dilute in hot water (like instant coffee). It can also be provided as tablets. The herbs are usually taken twice daily for a variable length of time, from just a few days to several weeks, depending on your condition. Herbal medicine can be a convenient therapy if, for whatever reason you cannot make yourself available for regular acupuncture or experience a fear of needles.
Main pharmaceutical products used
Sun Ten Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a world renowned GMP manufacturer of concentrated herbal extracts from Taiwan, conforming to international standards. In 2010, Sun Ten received certification through the US National Products Association (NPA) as a GMP compliant Dietary Supplement manufacturing facility. It received ISO 9001 certification from UK British Standard Institution in 1992.
Understand how Chinese herbs are categorised
Following diagnosis, the practitioner uses therapeutic combinations of herbs tailored to the patient. The Chinese Materia medica lists several hundred ingredients but about 300 are more commonly used, including roots, stems, flowers, leaves and barks.
Traditional Chinese Medicine categorises individual herbs into various groupings to aid in proper applications. Chinese Herbs are categorized by their taste (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty, aromatic…), their temperature properties (Hot, warming, neutral, cooling, cold), their channel tropism or organ(s) system they affect. They are then organised according to their function such as herbs that “tonify the blood”, “clear phlegm”, “calm the spirit”, “relieve toxicity”, “stop tremors”…
Hot herbs; like Szechuan Pepper, Dried Ginger Root, Galangal Rhizome, Dried Cinammon Bark…
Warm herbs; like Cardamon Fruit, Angelica Root,Mugwort Leaf, Jujube, Cordyceps…
Neutral herbs; like Codonopsis Root, Poria, Licorice Root, Chinese Wolfberry Fruit…
Cool herbs; like White Peony Root, Bupleurum, Salvia Root, Pueraria, Forsythia Fruit…
Cold herbs; like Lily Bulb, Isatis Root, Fritillaria Bulb, Rhubarb, Sophora Root, kelp…
Herbal medicine only
You may have heard about the use of animal or mineral substances in Chinese medicine. The European regulation on CHM only allows the use of HERBAL medicine on this continent. You can be assured that Pascal uses safe plants only from approved suppliers. These products cannot be purchased without consulting a fully registered and insured CHM practitioner. However, you may find non-scrupulous online shops that distribute products with little traceability. Several pieces of research have found that Western medications can be found in these products giving herbal medicine a bad name. So please stick to a registered practitioner for your supply.
Should I continue with my prescribed medication?
Yes. Many people seek the help of Herbal Medicine or Acupuncture because of a dissatisfaction with drugs mainly because they don’t seem to be working or the side effects are too severe. During the initial consultation, Pascal will always ask about your medication (including contraceptives, vaccinations…) and you should let him know of any change in your prescription in order to adjust your herbal formula accordingly. You should also inform your GP that you are taking an herbal treatment.
Some of the many research articles
Research on herbal medicine in general
Research into Asthma
Urinary Tract Infections
Covid-19 information for patients
Covid-19 Resources for Medical TCM Herbalists
Your Medical Herbalist
I am a fully registered and insured member of The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM)