Introduction to Chinese Herbalism

Chinese herbalism can produce impressive results and is probably the most complex system of herbalism in the world. It has proved its worth through a long history, dating back at least 5,000 years. In old China a doctor was paid when the patient was healthy but not when they were sick. A frightening thought for today’s GP’s!

In Chinese Herbalism, the practitioner uses three or four base herbs which are known to be good for the condition, and then adds a further five to nine herbs to meet the specific needs of the individual patient and their condition. You will need to brew your own ‘tea’ by boiling the herbs and straining the mixture. Be warned – some taste ghastly! Some of the general base formulae are so effective that are made into standard pills, usually used as a kind of ‘top-up’.