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herbal therapy

Chinese herbal therapy

Chinese herbal therapy is one of the most important forms of TCM therapy and is known as the imperial discipline. It is often called "herbal or phytotherapy", and is a good alternative to synthetic drugs.

The origin of Chinese medicinal herbs dates from around 2800 BC. where hundreds of generations of doctors have further developed this knowledge. Around 500 different drugs are used today.

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What does Chinese medicines contain?

The largest group of substances used today are plant species such as roots, bark, woods, twigs, flowers, fruits and seeds. The range also includes minerals and little animal substances. The ingredients of animal origin are only used after consultation with the patient.

The herbs undergo multiply quality checks and attention to animal and plant protected guidelines are paid.

Some of the herbal medicines are known from the kitchen, such as cardamom, fennel seeds, cinnamon and ginger. Most of herbal medicine however, are classified as medicine and are usually not familiar to the layperson. 

The art of Chinese medicine consists in combining the herbs into an effective mixture individually for the patients needs.

Each remedy has its own mode of action in the Chinese medicine system. The herbs are divided into classes according to their temperature and taste. Different medicinal herbs are combined in oder to aligned them with the disease pattern. The herbs used fulfil different functions within the herbal mixture. Main components of the mixture are responsible for the therapeutic effect (dircted to the main complaint),  "secondary herbs" support the effect, promote the absorption capacity or alleviate possible side effects. 

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After the prescription has been issued by your therapist, the herbal medicine can be picked up at your pharmacy. The herbs are processed in form of granulate powder which is dissolved in water and taken like a tea. If desired, the powder can also be compressed in the form of tablets.

In China, the original form of use was to boil the raw herbs and take them fresh as a kind of soup. For the sake of simplicity, granules are often used in Europe.



External application

Chinese herbal medicines are also prescribed for external use ointments, pastes, and lotions. For sports injuries, fractures, non-healing wounds, skin diseases and much more.


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Chinese herbal medicines or "phytotherapy" is usualy covered from the supplementary insurance for alternative medicine. Please clarify with your insurance company in advance whether the costs will be covered.


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