What are the main herbs used in Chinese medicine?

What is Chinese Medicine?

As opposed to conventional medicine, Chinese Medicine offers an alternative and holistic approach to help you feel and function better. Chinese herbs are simply a part of Chinese medicine, and with the acceptance of this holistic approach to medicine in the western world, we see an increase in pre-prepared Chinese herbs.

In Chinese medicine, in particular, the use of herbs is known to have amazing healing properties and has been used to treat and prevent illnesses for thousands of years. With Chinese herbal medicine, the health benefits are many, from improving digestion, and helping with insomnia to reducing inflammation and boosting immunity which can help prevent disease.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

There are many different herb combinations that a herbalist can combine to make the perfect combination for your specific health and well-being needs. With over 3,000 types of herbs, the number can be overwhelming which is why we’ve narrowed it down to the top 8 primary herbs commonly used in this practice!

Understanding the basics of these essential herbs can help you feel more aware of how natural healing can allow us to unlock our bodies' own potential.

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Herbs used in Chinese Medicine and their benefits

  • Lemongrass - Benefits those with stomach issues, nervous disorders, common cold symptoms, general pain, insomnia, and even cancer. Lemongrass can be used to maintain skin moisture and an acne-free complexion.
  • Chamomile - Calms anxiety, indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. Chamomile has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory characteristics, it's also a natural antiseptic and excellent for people suffering from peptic ulcers.
  • Dandelion - Highly effective diuretic with detoxifying qualities, benefits those with digestive disorders, appendicitis, diarrhoea, and fever.
  • Echinacea - Excellent for boosting the immune system, a natural treatment for colds and flu, and helps with treating sore throats and upper respiratory tract conditions. Echinacea has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic properties.
  • St Johns Wort -Can assist with depression and anxiety, as it works like a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Is used to assist those who want to quit smoking and can be used externally for its anti-viral properties.
  • Liquorice root -Excellent healing properties and detoxification qualities. Helps the treatment of hepatitis, asthma, cold symptoms, depression, and heartburn. Also used as an ingredient to harmonise the mixture of other traditional ingredients in a remedy
  • Catnip - Has sedative properties and is used to treat allergies and inflammation. Its primary uses include treatment for colds and flu, diarrhoea, and an upset stomach.
  • Ginger -Has properties to aid indigestion, diarrhoea, and cardiac problems. Its also used to improve blood circulation, helps in the treatment of nausea and the common cold, and relieve coughing.

Health conditions Chinese Medicine can help include:

  • Pain relief
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Stress
  • Skin issues
  • Digestive issues
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Improve circulation
  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Insomnia
  • Fertility
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Chinese and Traditional Medicine (TM) combined

Depending on your health condition, it may be necessary to have some form of traditional and conventional medicine. In this instance incorporating Chinese Medicine into your treatment plan may help relieve symptoms faster than if you relied only on traditional therapies alone as it can help improve the overall effectiveness of treatment by optimizing the body’s innate healing capabilities and restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit.

Ensure you inform healthcare providers of all the medicines, herbal or otherwise, you are taking.

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Experienced Chinese Herbalist Brisbane

If you would like to know more about Chinese Medicine and how it can help you, call Health & Healing Wellness Centre on 07 3857 8887 to speak to our Chinese Herbal specialist.



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