Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine has a recorded history of over 2,000 years and is the oldest form of medicine still in use today. Tim has been treating patients with Chinese herbs for 10 years and has been hugely impressed with the results.

It has been continually refined and developed by many doctors and schools of herbal medicine over this time, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.

Today’s practitioners have the benefit of this wisdom and empirical research, as well as modern biomedical research.

About Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine works on the same diagnostic basis as Acupuncture. Its aim is to treat the presenting symptom AND the underlying cause by stimulating the body’s own healing ability. As with Acupuncture the process is one of looking for connections rather than reducing focus on a single symptom. With Chinese medicine several symptoms can have the same underlying cause, and therefore by treating this, several problems can be addressed with one treatment principle. The tradition as a whole places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs.

Chinese Medicine recognises that health is more than just the absence of disease and it can both maintain and enhance our capacity for well being. A herbal prescription usually contains about 10 different herbs which when combined work synergistically to create an effective treatment. Taking herbal medicine in this way is different from taking pharmaceutical drugs that are based on isolating the active ingredients of plants. The overall effect of taking the formula is greater than the sum of its parts, because of the unique way that the herbs combine to enhance and balance each other within the prescription. Within a formula there will be herbs that address the symptom (branch) and herbs that address the underlying energy or Qi (root). The aim is to treat the whole person and generate a state of wellness.

The Consultation

The consultation takes an hour where we will talk about the main problem, general health and any relevant medical history (please download questionnaire). Patients receive an individually tailored prescription that is specific to them. The actual prescription will depend upon the information gathered (above) and an examination of the tongue and pulse.

Follow up visits

Follow up visits are essential to monitor progress by getting feedback, taking the pulse and looking at the tongue. The formula is modified as symptoms change. Visits are usually monthly but can vary. This is discussed on an individual basis. The overall length of treatment varies from person to person, and depends on things like the severity of the problem, how long it has been there, and the underlying health and strength of the person. Again progress is regularly discussed and reviewed.

What can it treat?

Chinese Herbal Medicine can help with many problems.

Please email me or call me if you want my advice as to whether it could help you at or on : + 44 (0)7989 491369

Some commonly presented conditions in my practice are:

  • Skin disease, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis
  • Gynecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and dysmenorrheal, endometriosis, infertility
  • Hepatitis and HIV: some promising results have been obtained for treatment of Hepatitis C, and supportive treatment may be beneficial in the case of HIV
  • Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations
  • Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, allergic and perennial rhinitis and sinusitis
  • Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis
  • Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
  • Muscular Skeletal, including acute and chronic back pain, sciatica

The herbs

The herbs are taken either as a tea made from the raw herbs, powders or in tablet form. The Chinese materia medica contains several hundred commonly used ingredients including roots, stems, flowers, leaves and bark together with some non-plant materials. Endangered plants are not used.No animal or mineral products are used at all.

The herbal suppliers we use are: Mayway UK, Balance Healthcare and Herbprime. They are all RCHM approved suppliers, which means that they have strict quality control standards from source to end product.

Tim is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).

Cost of herbs

An average prescription will cost £15/ £20 per week.

Other information

The following practitioners are used as consultants: Ken Lloyd - Herbal clinical supervision (Mayway UK) Giovanni Maciocia

Chinese Herbal Medicine