Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is the backbone of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the primary healthcare system in China and other parts of East Asia.  By studying naturally occurring plants and herbs, the ancient Chinese developed Chinese herbal medicine and its effects are based on thousands of years of experience and refinement.


As with all Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding illness and targets the root of the problem as much as the symptoms.


Used as a complete treatment in itself or used together with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine works internally to help treat a wide variety of health conditions.


There are around 300 plants and herbs commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine.  These can come in the form of leaves, seeds, twigs, stems, roots, flowers and fruit.


Every herb in Chinese herbal medicine has its own characteristics and effects, and combining different herbs helps to increase their potency and they work together to achieve maximum benefit.


After an in depth consultation, Kirk will select the appropriate herbs and skilfully put them together to create a uniquely personalised herbal formula.


Each Chinese herbal medicine formula can contain from two to twenty herbs which are combined in specific quantities allowing them to work in synergy and increase the effectiveness of the Chinese herbal medicine treatment.


Chinese herbal medicine formulas are prepared in a number of ways: liquid, tablets, capsules, powders, pellets, creams, and ointments. In Kirk’s Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic a concentrated powder is preferred for its ease of use. The powder is simply added to hot water to make a tea.  Typically, the herbs are to be taken 2 to 3 times per day.