Chinese Herbalism and Herbal Prescriptions

Bespoke Herbalism and Personalised Herbal Prescriptions.

Thousand years worth medical knowledge of herbalism

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) represents a vast body of knowledge accumulated over several thousand years, offering a detailed repertoire of medicinal substances. These substances are expertly combined through the practice of herbalism to create countless “formulas” for herbal prescriptions.

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Why choose Chinese Herbal Medicine?

While pharmaceutical medicine often isolates compounds or synthesises active ingredients from natural sources to create marketable products, herbalism employs complex formulas in its prescriptions. These herbal prescriptions comprise a synergistic blend of natural ingredients that work together to form a multi-tasking medicine. 

This approach allows for the treatment of complex conditions with a medicine that orchestrates a powerful range of strategies, addressing various aspects of a person’s pathology in an intelligent and balanced manner.

What is Herbalism?

Herbalism, also known as herbal medicine or phytotherapy, is the practice of using plants and plant extracts to promote health and treat illness. This ancient form of medicine has been used by various cultures worldwide for thousands of years and remains a fundamental aspect of many traditional medical systems, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, and Western herbal medicine.

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Jing Fang Herbal Prescriptions

Jing Fang refers to the herbal prescriptions derived from Classical Chinese Medicine, distinct from those formulated more recently during Chairman Mao’s reworking of Chinese Medicine in the 20th century. This reworking unfortunately led to the loss of many esoteric and energetic aspects of the traditional practice. Jing Fang is based on the ancient classic, the Shang Han Lun, written by the esteemed doctor Zhang Zhong-Jing around 500 AD. This foundational text is crucial to Chinese herbal theory and practice. Fortunately, Jing Fang is currently experiencing a timely reintegration and resurgence in the field of herbalism.

The strength and art of Chinese herbal medicine lies in its ability to create highly individualised treatments tailored to a patient’s unique combination of needs and specific constellation of signs and symptoms. This form of herbalism involves modifying traditional formulas in composition and dosage to align with the patient’s current requirements. These herbal prescriptions are regularly adjusted to track treatment progress and reflect the evolving presentation of signs and symptoms. Each prescription is dispensed individually, following the precise instructions of the practitioner.

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How does the herbalist consultation looks like?

A consultation with a herbalist is a comprehensive and personalised process designed to understand the patient’s unique health profile and tailor a treatment plan accordingly. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during a typical herbalist consultation:

Initial Intake and Health History

The consultation begins with an in-depth discussion about your health history. The herbalist will ask detailed questions about your past medical history, current health concerns, lifestyle, diet, and any medications or supplements you are currently taking. This thorough intake helps the herbalist gain a holistic understanding of your overall health and identify underlying patterns.

Discussion of Symptoms

Next, the herbalist will delve into the specific symptoms you are experiencing. This includes both physical symptoms, such as pain, digestive issues, or skin conditions, and emotional or psychological symptoms, like anxiety, stress, or mood swings. You may be asked to describe the severity, frequency, and duration of your symptoms to provide a clearer picture of your condition.

Physical Examination

Depending on your symptoms, the herbalist may conduct a physical examination. This could include checking your pulse, examining your tongue, and observing other physical signs that can offer insights into your health. These traditional diagnostic methods are commonly used in practices like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to assess the body’s internal balance.

Lifestyle and Dietary Assessment

Understanding your lifestyle and dietary habits is crucial for an effective treatment plan. The herbalist will discuss your daily routine, exercise habits, sleep patterns, and stress levels. They will also review your diet to identify any nutritional deficiencies or imbalances that could be impacting your health.

Formulating a Treatment Plan

Based on the information gathered, the herbalist will formulate a customised treatment plan. This plan typically includes herbal prescriptions tailored to your specific needs. The herbalist will explain the herbs selected, their intended effects, and how they address your particular symptoms and overall health condition.

Recommendations and Education

In addition to herbal prescriptions, the herbalist may offer recommendations on lifestyle changes, dietary adjustments, and other natural therapies that can support your health. They will educate you on the importance of these changes and how they complement the herbal treatment.

Follow-Up and Monitoring

Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor your progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed. The herbalist will assess how you are responding to the herbal prescriptions and make any necessary modifications to ensure continued improvement. This ongoing evaluation helps to fine-tune the treatment and address any new symptoms or changes in your condition.

Building a Therapeutic Relationship

A successful herbalist consultation is built on a strong therapeutic relationship. The herbalist provides a supportive and empathetic environment where you feel comfortable discussing your health concerns. This collaborative approach fosters trust and ensures that the treatment plan is aligned with your personal health goals.

Our Herbalist

Freya Sherlock is a highly skilled and compassionate herbalist dedicated to promoting holistic health through the power of plants. With extensive training in both traditional and modern herbalism, Freya blends ancient wisdom with contemporary science to create personalised treatment plans. She has a profound understanding of herbal medicine, nutrition, and wellness practices, allowing her to address a wide range of health issues.

Freya’s approach is deeply empathetic, focusing on understanding each patient’s unique needs and lifestyle. She believes in the body’s innate ability to heal and uses herbal remedies to support this natural process. Known for her warm and approachable manner, Freya provides a nurturing environment where patients feel heard and cared for. Her commitment to holistic health makes her an invaluable part of our wellness team.

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