Kennington Osteopaths & Physiotherapy, 2-4 Cleaver St, Oval, London SE11 4DP

Chinese herbal medicine

Bartosz Gorecki MD, L.Ac.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine uses a variety of plant, mineral and some animal products to treat illness.

Animal products used include some shells and bone preparations and are only prescribed upon agreement with the patient. No endangered species are used.

Traditionally the medicinal herbs are boiled as tea or ground into powders allowing the flexibility to tailor a prescription to the individual. For modern life convenience and with milder cases, we recommend granules which are brewed with hot water like an instant tea. But if the illness is more sever, or upon request, we also use raw herbs which require longer preparation from the patient’s side.

selection of herbs used in Chinese medicine

Chinese herbs for thousands of years have been used in classical Chinese medicine

The first clinical manuals on the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine dates from around 2000 years ago. The ‘Treatise on Cold Damage’ (Shanghan Lun) and “Essential Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet” (Jingui Yaolue) include treatment for a number of conditions including:

  • Respiratory and cardiovascular problems
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety, Insomnia
  • Skin conditions
  • Women’s health, pregnancy and post-partum