• Herbal Medicine (TCM)

  • Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive herbal medicine system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. It supports the energetic framework of the body to balance the flow of vital energy known as Qi ("chee"). If Qi is deficient, in excess, stagnant or scattered, then disease often follows. The subtlety of Chinese herbal medicine allows it to prevent trends towards illness whilst remaining a powerful tool against specific issues.

    Firstly, a diagnosis will be phrased in the lexicon of TCM (Heat, Cold, Fire, Metal, Wind, Earth and Water) and will be indicative of which herbs can be taken. Secondly, the practitioner usually prescribes formulas rather than individual herbs. Formulas are groups of herbs working together synergistically. A group of herbs is usually safer and better suited to deal with a complicated clinical condition. Lastly, there will be an accurate adherence to the long tradition that ensures the effectiveness and safety of prescriptions given by trained practitioners. These three features guide the practitioner to provide a safe and effective method for treating many physical and mental issues.

    Your practitioner will take a history of your health, taking into account your symptoms, the time of day they occur, and the markers used in TCM such as tongue colour, pulse, face shape, and energy flow. In some cases you will only need a herbal prescription and possibly diet and lifestyle advice, while in others acupuncture may be included as an adjunct treatment. Your progress will be monitored in follow up visits spaced appropriately for your condition.

    The herbs supplied by Fairwater Health and Wellness are in the forms of concentrated granules / powders, capsules or black coated pills. They are usually taken orally. The powders can also be used topically if combined with other substances to make a paste, or as a foot soak or bath soak (for very young children).

    Health funds do provide for TCM, depending on your level of cover. It is always best to check with your health fund provider prior to making an appointment.