What is Chinese herbal medicine used for?
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a very broad system of medicine used to help alleviate almost any conceivable medical problem:
- Aches and pains: arthritis, fractures, sprains/strains, sporting injuries and headaches/migraines
- Metabolic Issues: allergies, sinusitis, constipation/diarrhoea/IBS/Ulcers, Weight gain/loss, Diabetes, Hypertension/Hypotension, Auto-immune disorders and skin conditions
- Hormonal Imbalances: Pre-menstrual stress(PMS), menstrual cycle irregularities, menopause(early onset, prolonged, hot flushes/anxiety etc), pre-conception care, Thyroid imbalances and Chronic Fatigue
- General Health Complaints: Asthma, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Common Colds, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Stress, Degenerative eye diseases
How does Chinese herbal medicine work?
- Once a practitioner has assessed all relevant signs and symptoms and diagnosed the exact syndrome the health complaint relates to, herbal medications are prescribed in formulations of anywhere from 2-30 different medications.
- The rationale behind this tailored approach is simple: every presentation is unique and different, therefore medications need to be adapted to the individual in order to achieve results fast and avoid any side effects.
Is it like a typical pharmaceutical?
With Chinese Herbal Medicine the compounds found in each herb, the minerals, vitamins, salts, ions, enzymes and pharmaceuticals together exact a specific change in the body’s chemistry by encouraging a healthier level of homeostasis. Modern usage of these herbs includes testing to ensure all necessary compounds are present in appropriate levels. Extensive knowledge of these medicines results in the ability to prescribe not only one herb but a tailored formula to improve health in each individual and case.
Are Chinese Herbs safe?
As long as the source of herbal medicine is of high quality, YES!
At Evolution Medical Care, safety and quality assurance is of the utmost importance. For this reason, Evolution Medical Care partners with industry leading KPC(Kaiser Pharmaceutical) Herbs which are used almost exclusively. Each batch of KPC herb is produced with a Certificate of Analysis (COA). The COA documents the excellent quality of KPC’s herbal extracts.
In order to ensure TGA(Therapeutic Goods Administration) registration, KPC performs it’s own high-precision laboratory tests to check multiple samples from each batch to measure the potency and establish the safety of the product. These tests include the following:
- ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled PLasma-Mass Spectrometry) to test heavy metals up to a range of parts per billion (ppb). ICP-MS is by far the most precise and sensitive technology available today to test for heavy metals. Heavy metals tested for include Lead(Pb), Arsenic(As), Mercury(Hg) and Cadmium(Cd).
- Microbiological assays to screen for E. coli, salmonella and various other possible bio-contaminants such as molds or yeasts.
- GC-MS-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) to ensure safety by testing for the presence of over 200 harmful substances such as pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
- UPLC-MS-MS (Ultra performance Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectromety) to measure key active ingredients, thereby indicating the general efficacy of the herb.
- Any batch of herb that does not conform with the safety specification is discarded.
What types of herbs are used in Chinese herbal medicine?
Among the many hundred herbs that may be used in Chinese herbal medicine, approximately:
- 90% consist of plant-based herbs including seeds, bark, roots and leaves
- 8% consist of animal-based herbs including shells, horns and bones
- 2% consist of mineral-based herbs including crystallised rocks
Is it necessary to use animal-based herbs?
- In most cases, herbal formulas do not include any animal-based herbal medicines.
- Other times animal-based herbs can be used interchangeably with plant and mineral based herbs.
- In some cases it is appropriate and necessary to use animal-based herbal medicines in order to achieve significant results.
Are endangered animals/plants used in Chinese herbal medicine?
Although there is a history and once popularised idea that tiger bone, rhinocerous horn and other similar endangered animal species have magical properties and ability to heal, the truth is, these types of herbs have widely-available substitutes, not to mention that endangered species are not sustainable options.
Additionally, an international agreement between governments, CITES(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) ensures that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Our primary supplier of herbs, KPC Herbs proudly and strictly adheres to CITES international guidelines.
How much do herbal medicines cost?
Although prices can vary, a typical fee for a fortnight’s supply of Chinese herbal medication at Evolution Medical Care is $50-$70.
Will I know what herbs I am taking?
Yes. All of our prescriptions detail prescribed herbs and quantities per dosage on the label.
Side effects of Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicines are prescribed with both the primary symptom and syndrome(the greater picture) in mind.
Due to this innovative approach, side effects of Chinese herbal medicine are not common and when they do occur, are quite minimal and can be reduced entirely through further modification of the herbal medication.
At Evolution Medical Care, herbal formulations of the highest quality individual herbs are prescribed for the individual’s primary complaint and syndrome diagnosis. Using this approach is best-practise and puts the patient first.
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