Chinese Herbal Medicine – is it right for you?
As many of you know Tina Camilleri is our in-house acupuncturist here at Max Remedial, but what you may not know is that she is also a fully qualified Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, with a passion for sharing the healing benefits of herbs with her patients. Tina has spent years studying, working with, and teaching others about medicinal herbs, and she uses the wisdom of Chinese herbal medicine in combination with acupuncture and food therapy to great effect in her clinic. For those of you who are new to Chinese herbal medicine, or are not sure if its right for you, we thought we would answer a few questions.
What is Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is an important part of Chinese Medicine as a whole, and works hand in hand with acupuncture and dietary therapy to effectively treat or prevent a wide range of health conditions. Herbs are combined in personalised formulas and prescribed according to Chinese Medical theory, pattern diagnosis and disease diagnosis. Ingredients are chosen for their pharmacological benefits and for how they will work for an individual’s present state of health as well as their underlying constitution. Twigs, tubers, bark, roots, rhizomes, leaves, fruit, flowers and fungi may be used either in their whole form, in granulated/powdered form, or as pills or capsules. Occasionally minerals such as oyster shell may also be used. Some herbs - such as peppermint, ginger, honeysuckle, chrysanthemum and rhubarb - may be familiar to patients, while others are often less well known.
What can Chinese herbal medicine be used for?
Chinese herbal medicine can be used for a wide range of imbalances including but not limited to insomnia, stress, anxiety, symptoms associated with menopause, sinus problems, allergies, colds and flus, digestive imbalances, circulatory disorders, chronic pain, skin conditions, gynaecological and fertility problems.
What kind of herbs does Tina use, and what do they taste like?
Tina works with ethical, high quality herbs here at MAX Remedial. All ingredients meet the Australian standards for complementary medicine as specified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and are sourced according to the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). She avoids working with animal products and endangered species, and opts for organic wherever possible. Most prescriptions come in granulated or powdered herb form, making them very easy to take – you simply measure out the required amount (eg. 1 level teaspoon) into a cup of hot water before drinking.
In terms of taste, some of the herb formulas have quite a pleasant taste while others may taste more earthy or bitter depending on what they are being used for. Many patients say they look forward to taking their herbs each day, and some even enjoy the taste!
I am still unsure if Chinese herbal medicine is right for me. Can I talk to Tina before making an appointment?