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Chinese Herbs

The first reference to the Chinese using herbs dates back nearly 5000 years. There is a vast repertoire of herbal medicine textbooks that have been revised and supplemented over the centuries. In more recent times, there has been an increasing amount of biomedical research into the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicines. Increasingly, Chinese herbs are used in association with treatment provided by GPs and other health care providers. Chinese herbal medicine can help to alleviate some of the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

There are a number of ways that Chinese herbs can be prescribed. A Chinese herbalist diagnoses according to traditional methods and puts together a prescription to suit individual needs.

Chinese herbal medicine is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It can be used on its own or in combination with acupuncture treatment.

Sourced from: New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists

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