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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and You

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing with a history of continuous use stretching back about 4000 years. Many people nowadays searching for an alternative are experiencing the benefits of this ancient modality. Prescribed properly in their natural form and traditional context Chinese herbs have little chance of adverse side effects. The ancient methods of herb use are very refined and can have a profound effect on the body. 

Modern trials using various herbal formulae have found them most effective in a myriad of areas including paediatrics, gynaecology, dermatology and digestive problems. Favourable reports on the treatment of eczema and dermatitis with Chinese herbs have appeared in the U.K. medical journal Lancet. Other trials have shown significant results in the treatment of Infertility and chronic hepatitis. Even within our own community here in Newcastle there have been trials over the years. In 1996 a double blind study was completed with positive results at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle using Chinese herbs for the treatment of Hepatitis C. 

In treating most conditions Chinese herbs can be used and often times combine well with Western medicines. Before taking Chinese herbs it is important you tell your practitioner what medicines you are taking to avoid and adverse reactions. 

Chinese herbs can be ingested in various ways- as a herbal tea, pill form, granules or in a tincture. 

 In seeking out a Chinese Medicine practitioner, or any practitioner in any modality, make sure they are appropriately qualified.

From Qin Bowei -one of the most respected physicians of 20t century China

That the practice of Chinese medicine is itself very individualised is often taken for granted and is therefore rarely considered in Western books or schools. However, in the clinic, Chinese medicine is an instrument that each practitioner plays differently, some better than others, and each with an individual predilection for a theoretical or therapeutic style that best suits their individual skills and personality. This breathes life into the tradition of Chinese medicine and allows it to grow.

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