What is Chinese Herbal
Chinese herbal medicines are mainly
plant based, but some preparations include minerals or animal
products. They can be packaged as powders, pastes, lotions
or tablets, depending on the herb and its intended use. Different
herbs have different properties and can balance particular
parts of the body. Prescribing a particular herb or concoction
of herbs means that the practitioner's diagnosis has to take
into account the state of the patient's Yin and Yang, and
the elements that are governing the affected organs.
Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed internally or applied
externally. In addition, the Chinese medical practitioner
may also prescribe remedial or preventive exercises and counsel
their patients on diet and lifestyle, all according to the
theories of Chinese medicine.