What conditions do you treat with Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese Herbal Medicine, is a bit of a misnomer as it includes not only plants based, but also, mineral, and animal based substances to treat acute and chronic disease patterns. Unlike Western herbalism which tends to focus on single herbs such as echinacea for treating disease, Chinese Herbal Medicine formulas almost always uses of a group of synergistic medicinal substances to treat imbalance in a formula that was traditionally cooked together much like an herbal soup recipe.
Chinese Herbal Medicine, like acupuncture is used to treat disease patterns. These are a collection of symptoms from the person's overall all physical, mental, and emotional presentation. So although two people may have the same Western medical diagnosis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, they may have different Chinese medicine patterns and so will be treated differently based on their patterns.
Internal Chinese herbal medicine is used to treat a variety of different conditions, from acute issues such as colds and flus, to chronic and more longstanding complaints such and menstrual and menopausal difficulties, digestive disorders, kidney stones and pain, anxiety, sleep issues, auto-immune and dermatological conditions, etc.
Topical Chinese herbal medicine can used to help with acute injury, such a bruising after a fall as well as other skin complaints such as eczema and acne.