Frequently Asked Questions about Chinese Traditional Medicine

Can anyone take Chinese herbs?

Anyone can use herbal formulas, but, like any medication, it is important to have a correct diagnosis before taking herbs. Herbal formulas, if prescribed according to diagnosis, are beneficial to take separately or in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment plan, as the herbs can enhance and continue the effects of the treatment between therapy sessions.

It is important to advise your practitioner if you are taking any other medications, particularly blood pressure or cardiac medications, prior to taking herbal formulas, as there may be interaction between these products. Please be aware, that although herbal formulas are not synthetic drugs, and are sourced from natural ingredients, they are still medications, and should always be taken correctly.

Do Chinese forumlas contain animal parts?

Some traditional Chinese herbal formulas did use animal parts when they were developed, and this practice at times does still occur in China today. However, as herbal knowledge progresses, many herbal formulas are able to have the animal parts replaced by other plant based herbs, and it is these products that we utilise in our clinic. Our herbal suppliers ensure that the highest quality herbs are used in their formulas, which are sourced internationally.

Can I take Chinese herb forumlas when I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

During pregnancy, especially during first trimester, all medications should be taken with utmost caution. While there are some formulas that are suitable, and in fact beneficial, to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is important to advise your practitioner if you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, as there are other herbal formulas that are not suitable.