CHinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese medicine includes a broad range of practices that were developed in China and based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years. It includes: acupuncture, massage (Tui na), cupping, Gua Sha, exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.

A Chinese medical practitioner will make a diagnosis by taking a thorough case history, taking the patients pulse at the wrist and looking at their tongue; then the appropriate treatment is designed in order to create the changes that are required for the patient to ‘get better’. Often, lifestyle and dietary advice is given, so that the patient is empowered to manage their own health and wellbeing in between treatments.

The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in classical texts such as the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon. Nonetheless, many of its methods and results are supported by modern evidence-based medicine. A substantial body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture can effectively and safely treat a wide range of physical, mental and emotional problems. It can also be used as a preventative measure for those who treasure their physical and mental health.

The British Acupuncture Council regulates practitioners of Chinese medicine in the UK and they have produced a range of fact sheets, which provide accurate and unbiased general information for the following conditions:

Acne, Allergic rhinitis, Anxiety, Back pain, Bell’s palsy, Cancer care, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Childbirth, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic pain, Colds and flu, COPD, Cystitis, Dementia, Dentistry, Depression, Dysmenorrhoea, Eczema and Psoriasis, Endometriosis, Facial pain, Female fertility, Fibromyalgia, Frozen shoulder, Gastrointestinal tract disorders, Gout, Headache, Herpes, HIV infection, Hypertension, Infertility, Insomnia, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Kidney stones, Male infertility, Menopausal symptoms, Migraines, Multiple sclerosis, Nausea and vomiting, Neuropathic pain, Obesity, Obstetrics, Osteoarthritis, Palliative care, Parkinson’s disease, PCOS, Post-operative pain, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Premenstrual syndrome, Puerperium, Raynaud’s, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Sports Injuries, Stress, Stroke, Substance misuse, Tennis elbow, Thyroid disease, Tinnitus, Type-2 Diabetes, Urinary incontinence.

To view these fact sheets please click here.

Claire Boxer

Acupuncturist, Herbalist

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