Chinese herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicine has been practised continuously for thousands of years in China, from B.C. times to the present day.

In modern Chinese hospitals, herbal medicine is the main treatment of choice and acupuncture is a supportive therapy. In the West, however, most people are a lot more familiar with acupuncture.

How do I take herbal medicine?

These days, most people take Chinese herbal medicine in one or more of these forms:

  • Water-soluble granules (like instant coffee)
  • Capsules (filled with granule medicine)
  • Herbal pills
  • Syrups
  • Creams, ointments and liniments for external use

A lot of people are familiar with the old-style “boil-up” herbs – the actual twigs, leaves, roots, flowers etc boiled into a decoction (strong tea). While boil-up herbs are fantastic for effective results, they are pretty inconvenient for most busy people these days.

That’s why we prefer the water-soluble granules, because the effectiveness is excellent but they’re also really easy to take. For those who can’t have the granules, then capsules or pills are very handy too.