Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes the practice of acupuncture and Tui Na (massage). Herbal medicine has been used in China for centuries and is backed by a long and rich history of development, use and research. Chinese herbal medicine is unique in that the diagnosis and treatments are based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine.

Besides discussing your health issues with you, a practitioner of herbal medicine uses other signs and symptoms such as those found in your tongue and pulse to form a TCM diagnosis. The common cold, for example, may be diagnosed as "wind-cold invasion" and herbs which dispel wind and warm cold may be prescribed. Herbs administered within Chinese herbal medicine are usually raw and cooked into a tea, in a powder form and taken with hot water or in a pill form.

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Like any medicine as a whole, some Chinese herbs may have undesired side effects. This is just like what you might have read about the very popular Vioxx, the pain drug withdrawn in 2006 by Merck because it doubled the risk of heart attack. It all depends on what you take no matter whether it is an herb or a pharmaceutical: In China, statistics show that many more adverse drug reactions are reported for chemical drugs than Chinese herbs.

When used by qualified practitioners Chinese herbs provide the essential nutrition the body needs to overcome any physical, mental or emotional imbalances and most patients experience do not experience undesirable side effects.

It is important to see certified, qualified practitioners who use products from quality controlled sources, who can determine the safe use of herbs for you, and establish whether there is risk of interactions with drugs you may be or will be taking.


  • Focused Chinese Herbal Medicine consultation- 60 mins, £60
  • Follow up consultation with acupuncture treatment- 40 mins, £50
  • Chinese Herbal Medicines are formulated to address the 'Chinese Disease Diagnosis' and Syndrome Differentiation. Personalised bulk teas for cooking, or personalised herbs in powdered form for reconstituting in a mug are specially sourced from China under strict government guidelines:
    • Charges are for the cost of herbs plus prescription fee*, and are pre-paid. A 2-week course prescription = £104.
    • Although you may begin to feel better sooner, depending on your condition you can expect to effectively improve health after 3-6 months.
    • Adjunctive specially-prepared capsules price is on average £35 per pot including prescription fee. As the body gets stronger these are often used as temporary maintenance when you no longer need the more concentrated bulk or powdered versions.

*British law prohibits retail purchases of herbal formulations and they are deemed as personalised formulations. A £25 prescription fee is required.

To Insure the Success of Taking Personalised Herbal Formulas:

Teas are often very bitter. Drinking with added honey will improve palatability.

Chinese Herbal Medicines are regulated and must be prescribed based on assessments; modifications of your prescription are expected based on reevaluation. Timely reassessments are done 3-4 days before you finish your allotment.

Bulk and powdered herbs are prepared uniquely for you in London on Tuesdays. As the body changes in response to your prescription, symptoms change and modifications are required. Please plan to return 3-4 days before you have finished your allotment for a reassessment appointment.

For early improved wellbeing and success most patients choose to have regular acupuncture treatments to complement Chinese Herbal Medicine.

In the case of an untoward event such as unexpected cold or flu, or the need for surgery or dental care it is important to contact your practitioner to advise you about taking your current formula.

Changes to your prescription are based on analysis of the symptoms that changes as your Chinese Diagnosis and Syndrome Differentiation picture evolves. It is always suggested to contact your practitioner if you have any questions or concerns as you are taking the herbs because it is expected that your symptoms would change because your body is healing.

Practitioner: Jacqueline Greenfield

For appointments and further information please contact reception on 01227 454 848 or contact Jacqueline Greenfield