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Chinese Herbs

Herbs at Bing's Natural Health

Acupuncture and herbs are both an integral part of Chinese medicine practice, which may help patients to manage a range of symptoms including pain, stress and fatigue.

Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

The practice of Chinese medicine is specific for each individual. So it is important that you make an appointment with one of our registered Chinese medicine practitioners who can assess your individual condition and requirements. The information below is general information only, and you need to see a practitioner for advice that is specific for your individual circumstances.

For example, Chinese medicine treatment may be able to help and assist with:

  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners 
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases 
  • Management of vomiting or nausea

Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years and are an important part of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM). When applicable, Chinese herbal therapy can also be combined with other modalities, such as acupuncture or Chinese massage for an improved result when combining therapies 

Chinese herbs are very different to vitamin supplementation!

Your Quality Assurance for Chinese Herbs
All practitioners at Bing’s Natural Health are fully registered health professionals with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and are regulated under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All herbal products prescribed must be entered into the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and are batch tested for consistency and quality to protect the public. Only ingredients that are known to be safe can be used in herbal medicines. Therefore you should only see CMBA registered Chinese medical practitioners to ensure all of your herbs are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Registered Chinese medicine practitioners can be accessed via a free practitioner search option on the AHPRA website.

As practitioners entrusted with the care of your health it is important to ensure that you receive the correct Chinese herbs and quantity of herbs.

Therefore your herbs are only supplied after a detailed consultation with one of our practitioners to assess your exact individual needs, which may change over time.

Diet, Food and Herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine

I receive a lot of enquiries about diet, food, and herbs in TCM so I thought I’d try to clarify some misconceptions about the subject. Obviously, I can only touch on the subject briefly and it is one area in which the Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy is quite different from that of western medicine, so I decided to share a couple of stories that illustrate our approach.

First a hypothetical example. Let’s say that someone is on antidepressants under the care of a psychiatrist and still having terrible mood swings and exhibiting frightening signs of aggression. Since the person has a history of drug abuse, their liver is already damaged and antidepressants are not good for the liver. The psychiatrist suggested trying a placebo antidepressant. In TCM we don’t use placebos because we try to do something about the issue at hand. How a person feels is a key component of a person’s well-being and treatment plan, regardless if there is anything showing on any modern diagnostic tools. Even with the so called ‘the problem is just in their head’ – it is never just in their head in Chinese medicine. In a case like this, we would need the psychiatrist’s support and permission before intervening for safety reasons. The process would then involve the patient committing to weekly visits for at least 3 months: the first month to introduce herbs in addition to their medication; the second month to test reducing the medication in conjunction with the herbs; and a third month to continue monitoring progress. Many doctors are increasingly open to alternative types of treatment, especially in cases where conventional medication is not delivering the desired effects.

The next example talks about herbs and food. There is a very close link between food and medicine in Chinese culture. In China it is a common practice to combine herbs in cooking to create therapeutic food. Our clinic does not supply raw herbs to go into your cooking and it is not ideal to practise such food therapy in a western culture. The simplest way for us and our clients is to prescribe the same herbs as supplements. Practitioners rarely prescribe a single herb by itself because herbs are meant to be used in combination for many reasons. For example. some herbs are toxic when taken alone, and some herbs simply won’t work if taken alone. This is why your practitioner gives careful thought to the exact herbs you should take and the proportions in which they should be taken.

So, I was really concerned when a woman walked into the clinic and asked if we could sell her a single herb. She would not consult a practitioner, nor explain why she wanted it, but simply said that she ‘had done her research’. Needless to say she walked out without the herb for all of the above reasons (including the fact that this particular herb is quite toxic and is never used alone in TCM).

Some of our clients prefer not to take any herbs, and we respect that decision, while explaining that their body may take longer to get back in balance if they just rely on in-clinic treatments because the carefully chosen herbs we recommend support your systems between visits. Your practitioner makes a diagnosis based on your body-type and needs that is designed to improve your energy, happiness, and well-being.

Our Chinese Medicine Herbal Shop

Bing’s Natural Health stock a broad range of Chinese herbs in high quality concentrated capsule and pill form. These include herbs combined into traditional formulas to optimise the beneficial effects.  (We do not stock raw herbs)

In addition, Bing’s Natural Health uses a high quality Chinese herbal medicine dispensary so that herbal remedies can also be exactly formulated for clients from an extensive range of herbs. This dispensary only purchases from overseas suppliers who are certified by the Australian TGA and operate in accordance with the Australian code of GMP for medicinal products. For convenience we prescribe concentrated extracts in granule and powder form.

These are all easy to use and cost effective for patients. In many cases, Chinese herbs can be taken with western medicine prescriptions to support recovery – you just need to check this with your practitioner.

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Children

TCM recognises that the young bodies of children and infants are very different from adults. For example, they are growing rapidly and have different childhood disorders. Therefore the herbal treatments for children that have been developed over very long periods of time to be a gentle natural alternative. Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.


Examples of some TCM Herbal Formulas for boosting Qi

Please note that these are examples only: For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation.

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

tonifies middle jiao qi, benefits qi, regulates qi and raises sunken yang.

Si Jun ZI Tang

supplements and tonifies qi energy.

Sheng Mai San

augments qi, clears TCM heat and preserves yin.

Shen Qi Da Bu Wan

herbs that nourish the qi energy.

Ba Zhen Wan

used for deficiency of qi.

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang

tonifies and regulates qi.


Examples of some TCM Herbal Formulas for Autumn

Please note that these are examples only: For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation.

Sheng Mai San

is concerned with qi-deficiency syndromes.

Yu Ping Feng San

for wei qi deficiency with an unstable and weak exterior pattern.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

a gentle formula that enriches yin and nourishes the essence.


Examples of some TCM Herbal Formulas for Winter

Please note that these are examples only: For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation.

Gan Mao Ling

a remedy that can be used for both wind-heat patterns and wind-cold patterns. 

Yin Qiao San

disperses wind-heat and cools heat..

Xiao Chai Hu Wan

for symptoms of the shao yang pattern.

Pi Pa Gao Cough Syrup

a yummy herbal cough syrup that helps to ease coughs, wheezes and chest congestion.

Examples of some TCM Herbal Formulas for Spring

Please note that these are examples only: For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation.

Xin Yi San

addresses Qi deficiency.

Bi Min Gan Wan

formulated from herbs that have been traditionally used to dispel wind-cold and wind-heat patterns

Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

tonifies yin, nourishes fluid, clears TCM heat and subdues yang.

Qi Ju Di Huang Wan

enriches Yin.

Yu Ping Feng San

tonifies Qi. Commonly used for allergic rhinitis or hay fever


Examples of some TCM Herbal Formulas for Summer

Please note that these are examples only: For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation.

Bao Ji Wan (contains wheat)

dispels food stasis, harmonizes the stomach, dispels damp and subdues yang.

Shen Qi Da Bu Wan

used to boost the energy levels and nourish the qi energy. 

Bao He Wan

used for stagnation in the stomach.

Gan Mai Da Zao Wan (contains wheat)

tthe formula combines gentle tonifying and calming effects.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

an ancient Chinese herbal formula to nourish yin.

Jin Gui Suan Zao Ren Tang

nourishes TCM fluid and clears deficiency TCM heat.


Examples of some TCM Herbal Formulas for Skin

Please note that these are examples only: For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation.

Qing Re An Chuang Wan

for clearing TCM heat and eliminating dampness from the skin

Pi Yan Tang

clears TCM heat, cools the fluid and clears damp-heat

Huang Lian Jie Du Wan

for purging damp-heat.

Si Miao Yong An Wan

decoction of four herbs to nourish yin, invigorate the TCM fluid and clear heat

Si Wu Wan

formula to enrich the TCM fluid.

Wu Wei Xian Du Yin

to strengthen the yang and nourish the yin


Examples of some other TCM Herbal Formulas

Please note that these are examples only: For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation.

Dang Gui

Dang Gui is also known as Chinese Angelica Root is indigenous to China. It has many nutrients that nourish the TCM fluid and is commonly referred to as the ‘woman’s ginseng’ . Dang Gui is often used in cooking as it is tasty and nutritious in addition to its healing and strengthening properties.

 

Please note:

For the safety of your health, your qualified TCM practitioner will determine which herbal formula is the most effective for your condition during your consultation. Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

 

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