The origins of Chinese herbal medicine in China can be traced back at least 5000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world.
The practise of Chinese herbal medicine has developed and matured to become what it is today. An all-natural, holistic system of primary health care used by many, from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds to effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems.
A qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health issue. As the individuals condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal medicine treatment is adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.
All manufactured medicines in Australia are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, which ensures compliance with strict requirements on safety, quality and a range of other matters. Traditional Chinese medicine products are marked AUST-L (listed) or AUST-R (registered) to indicate the product is legally able to be supplied in Australia.
A qualified and registered Chinese herbal medicine practitioner will prescribe Chinese herbal medicines, once an assessment and diagnosis of the individuals illness is undertaken. The duration of the treatment prescription and the type of medicines prescribed will vary according to both the patient’s condition and the practitioner’s mode of treatment.
Chinese herbal medicine traditionally involves decocting a raw herbal tincture, though today a broader range of options are now available for patients, with Chinese herbal medicine available in various types of tinctures, granules, and pills.
The Chinese medicine profession in Australia is committed to the protection of endangered animal species. Reputable practitioners do not use medicines derived from illegally acquired wildlife flora and fauna.
Traditional remedies that are derived from endangered species, or that contain potentially toxic components, have been replaced by other substances with similar actions.
The hallmark of Chinese herbal medicine prescription is holistic individualised treatment. During the initial consultation, practitioners will take a case history by interviewing the patient about their current health concerns, past health conditions and a range of related matters. Including dietary intake, lifestyle habits, sleep patterns, appetite, menstrual cycle, stress reactions, food and other sensitivities.
To further identify what is known in Chinese medicine practice as ‘patterns of disharmony’ in the body, the practitioner will observe and note other health indicators such as the colour of the face, the condition of the tongue, the sound of the voice and the characteristics of the radial pulse of the wrists.
Treatment commences once assessment and diagnosis are complete, explained to the patient and their consent is gained. The duration of the treatment and the type of technique used will vary according to both the patient’s condition and the practitioner’s mode of treatment.
Chinese medicine practitioners, including Chinese herbalists, must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), along with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) before they are permitted to practise in their profession. It is therefore essential that members of the public seeking Chinese medicine healthcare services consult a practitioner who is registered with AHPRA and the CMBA.
Selecting a practitioner who is accredited provides an additional layer of safety and quality assurance. Members are held to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct and by accessing the services of these highly qualified and experienced practitioners, you’ll be ensuring the best possible care for yourself or your loved ones.