About Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Chinese medicinal herbs has been a key aspect in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 5,000 years. According to the World Health Organization, "In some Asian and African countries, 80% of the population depend on traditional medicine for primary health care. In many developed countries, 70% to 80% of the population has used some form of alternative or complementary medicine (e.g. acupuncture)" (W.H.O. Factsheet, 2008).

Frequently Asked Questions about Chinese Medicinal Herbs

  1. How is traditional Chinese Medicine different from Western Medicine?
  2. What is Chinese Medicine made of?
  3. Is Chinese Medicine a replacement for Western Medicine?

How is traditional Chinese Medicine different from Western Medicine?

Perhaps the biggest difference between Chinese and Western Medicine is that Chinese Medicine relies on experience over time through numerous trials and clinical observations and Western Medicine is based on standards and evidence. Many western consumers who are seeking natural, healthy and balanced alternatives to Western Medicine, find Chinese Medicine.

What is Chinese Medicine made of?

Ingredients of Chinese Medicine are primarily of plant origin (such as roots, bark, seeds, flowers, and leaves), and in their natural form. Ingredients that are not of plant origin Amasia Clinic does not usually use and in the rare circumstance that there are non-plant ingredients, we make sure to inform our patients.

Is Chinese Medicine a replacement for Western Medicine?

No, Chinese herbs should be viewed only as a supplement to western medicine, and not as a replacement, in many circumstances. However, cooperation between practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine and the use of Western diagnostic tools in TCM are increasing. Many Traditional Chinese medical schools require training in Western medicine as well as TCM, training Chinese Medicinal doctors that have a good understanding of Western Medicine as well as their specialized field.