Herbal medicine is perfectly safe and gentle for all people and age groups to use – including children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers – as long as the treatment is closely supervised by a professionally trained medical herbalist.
Anxiety and stress
Asthma and other respiratory diseases (such as bronchitis and emphysema) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Auto-immune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and multiple sclerosis (MS)) Cancer (including pre- and post-chemotherapy care; see also integratedcancerhealthcare.co.uk)
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/postviral syndrome (PVS)
Circulation issues: pins & needles, cramp especially in extremities, numbness, cold hands & feet Coughs, colds and flu
Digestive disorders: such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, constipation, indigestion, diarrhoea, recurrent indigestion and heartburn
Fatigue and low energy
Gynaecological problems: heavy & painful periods, long, short or irregular cycles, premenstrual tension (PMT), pain from endometriosis, fertility, preparation for IVF or IUI, repeated miscarriages, menopausal symptoms (e.g. insomnia, night sweats, hot flushes and mood swings)
Hay fever Headaches and migraines
Heart and circulatory problems
High blood cholesterol High blood pressure
Infections (bacterial, fungal or viral) Infertility and subfertility
Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
Infertility and subfertility
Menopausal and hormonal problems
Mental/emotional: anxiety, stress, insomnia, low moods, depression, panic attacks
Muscular skeletal issues: sports injuries, strains, sprains, arthritis, back pain or weakness, sciatica, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke muscular stiffness or paralysis etc
Osteoporosis and osteopenia
Polycystic ovarian syndrome and metabolic syndrome
Postnatal support: faster recovery to health, especially after traumatic birth experience, postnatal depression
Pregnancy support: morning sickness, symphysis pubis pain, lower back pain, sciatica, insomnia, tiredness, breech conditions, induction
Prostate disorders (for example, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and prostatitis)
Recovery after surgery
Respiratory disorders: frequent common colds & flu, asthma, hay fever, chronic or acute coughs, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis
Sexual disorders (such as erectile dysfunction and low libido)
Skin conditions: including eczema, psoriasis, acne and non healing ulcers
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Stress and anxiety
Strokes and other ischaemic diseases
Thrush, cystitis and urinary tract infections
Thyroid disorders (including underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism))
Ulcers of the stomach and small intestine
Urogenital problems: cystitis (urinary tract infections), thrush, vulvitis, vaginitis, vulvadynea, prostatitis, enlarged prostate (BPH)
Uterine fibroids Varicose veins
Viral infections (for example, swine flu and viral hepatitis)
This is not an exhaustive list. If you have a problem that is not covered here, don't despair. One of the wonderful things about Chinese medicine is that it has its own system of diagnosis so, even if you don't have a "label" for what is wrong with you, TCM practitioners are trained to diagnose your problem from your presenting conditions and treat you accordingly. Diagnosis and treatment is from a TCM perspective.
People often present with many issues but we focus first on treating the most distressing or destructive. At the same time we aim to treat the underlying issue that caused the problem in the first place. As time progresses and the most distressing condition begins to resolve, the balance of medicine changes to take account of other presenting issues and conditions.
“ The sages did not treat those who were already ill, but treated those who were not yet ill.
They did not try to put in order what was already in disorder but tried to prevent disorder from arising in the first place."
The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic of Medicine from 2nd century BCE