Healing with Chinese herbs
To complement acupuncture consultations, I can prepare an herbal prescription for you. In Chinese medicine, herbal formulas are a traditional and powerful medicine in treating many complaints..
Chinese medicine has its own jargon and its own diagnostic tools. In the Netherlands acupuncture is the best known treatment technique. However, Chinese herbs are at the heart of this naturopathic teaching. The therapeutic scope is enormous and working with herbs therefore requires a sophisticated and correct diagnosis.
Herbs are used when there is exhaustion, for example when recovering from burnout, or lack of energy. They can help harmonise the menstrual cycle or support the body during the hormonal changes of menopause. Herbs can nourish the blood, or treat chronic joint pain or back pain. Actually, there are very few complaints where a Chinese doctor would not choose herbs.
Herbal prescriptions are prescribed by me for a period of three or four weeks. After that, you come back to the acupuncture studio and I check whether any adjustments need to be made to the composition. You take the herbs three times a day this allows them to nourish, support or harmonise the body from within.
I work with granules that are sent to your home address by ‘Chinaherbs’ or ‘De Natuurapotheek’. You don’t have to prepare it yourself. Ingestion is easy; You dissolve the granules (herbs in powder form) in a little boiling water and take them between meals. Better not together with your meal.
Because every person has a different constitution and also a different course of symptoms, the herbal formulas are tailor-made for you personally. This makes it necessary for you to come back for a repeat prescription so that I can examine how you are doing then and whether the herbs you are taking are still appropriate. When we meet again I can do an anamnesis and review the current situation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The traditional medicine of China is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. It originated at the same time as Ayurveda, Indian medicine. TCM is a naturopathic method and has a history that goes back more than 2000 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
about Chinese Herbs
What is inside the herbal formula?
You can see the Latin and Chinese names of the herbs on the jar or the enclosed recipe. I only know the Chinese names of the herbs. Here you can see an overview of commonly used herbs with with their Chinese name.
In the photo above you can see that it can be medicinal plants, trees, mushrooms or dried fruits. But we also work with minerals or sometimes with animal products. Of course I do not work with products that fall under endangered species or that are prohibited here.
What is the quality of the herbs?
I work together with De Natuurapotheek and Chinaherbs. I send my recipes to these suppliers because they have a quality guarantee. Each ‘batch’ is tested several times for potency and possible contamination. Not always, but often the herbs are organically grown.
How should I administer the herbs?
The granulate powder should be dissolved in a little boiling water. See if you can build up the dose slowly. First take 3 x 1 gram per day. Then, after a day, gradually build up to 3 x 2 grams per day. It is better not to take the herbs with the meal, but it is better between meals. Do not take the herbs right before bedtime.
How long must I take herbs?
They are medicinal herbs, not dietary supplements. Depending on your complaint and also how long you have this complaint, you take the herbs until your body has recovered / your complaint has healed.
Can you send a repeat prescription?
As described above, the herbal recipes are personalized for your complaint and constitution. Because the complaint will gradually improve, the herbs must also be adjusted accordingly. Therefor it is important that you come to clinic. If desired, you can book a herbal consultation. This takes half an hour and costs €50.
How much do herbs cost?
The herbs from Chinaherbs cost about € 35 for three weeks. Add to this the shipping costs of € 4 per shipment.
The herbs cost about € 50, – eu for three weeks. Add to this the shipping costs of ‘De Natuurapotheek‘ a € 7.50
Are the herbs reimbursed by the health insurance?
Acupuncture is often reimbursed with additional insurance. As far as I know herbs are not.
Where is my package?
By email you received a postal label from ‘De Natuurapotheek‘ containing a ‘track and trace’ code for your package. You can see where your package has been delivered via that postal label.