Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine, as well as animal acupuncture, are parts of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) includes herbal therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy, massage and exercises in breathing and movement (tai chi and qi gong). Some or several of these may be employed in the course of treatment.
The origins of Chinese herbal medicine in China can be traced back at least 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest health care systems in the world. Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang and aims to establish fundamental balance and harmony between the two within body.
Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and should be treated with the same caution and respect. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance. Chinese medicine recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance wellbeing and happiness.
What conditions does Chinese herbal medicine treat?
Chinese herbal medicine can provide effective treatment for a wide range of health disorders, but may also be used to assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is boosted and a general sense of well-being promoted. These are some of the conditions that can be treated with Chinese herbal medicine:
- Neurological conditions
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Digestive system disorders
- Skin conditions
- Psychological conditions
Chinese Herbal Therapy is commonly used in fusion with veterinary acupuncture and animal massage therapy.