Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicines have a great variety of indications in the prevention and treatment of diseases - especially skin, gynaecology, endocrine, chronic fatigue, metabolic, sexual disorders, depression, anxiety and many other internal conditions.
The Chinese materia medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) contains hundreds of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products—classified by their perceived action in the body. Different parts of plants such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds are used. Usually, herbs are combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders.
Traditionally patients drank herbal tea which was decocted from dry herbs. In modern times patients still prefer the tea form because of its quick and strong effect, as well as its easy modification to suit the ever-changing disease mechanism.
Nowadays, these herbs are also available in tablet form.
- Dr Ebrahim Mahomed – SAACMA Chairperson 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Medical Practitioner and Practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture