traditional Chinese medicine
Virginia Jin

Chinese herbal medicine

Ponsonby Wellness Centre is a Chinese Acupuncture and herbal medicine clinic located in Ponsonby, Auckland central also very close by Grey Lynn, Freemans bay and Herne bay area.

Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine has helped people improve their health, boost their immune systems, and ease short-term and chronic illnesses.

This Eastern philosophy centre on promoting harmony in the body using acupuncture, tai chi, and Chinese herbs.

Herbs are prescribed to restore energy balance to the opposing forces of energy – Yin and Yang – that run through invisible channels in the body.Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical meds and should be treated with the same caution and respect.

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1) What exactly are Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs are individual herbs that work synergistically together to accomplish certain goals. They are similar to pharmaceuticals in that they are medicine, but the body processes them the same way it processes food.

They stay in the system for three to four hours at most, so they require a longer-term regimen.

Each formulation has anywhere from two to 50 individual herbs and the formulations are made for the individual, depending on what’s going on with them.

2) What do people take Chinese herbs for?

They can be used for a variety of things, such as supporting proper digestion or relieving low back pain. A lot of people like to use different Chinese herbs for arthritis or autoimmune conditions—they can help regulate inflammation or the entire immune system.

There are herbs for more chronic conditions like asthma, Lyme’s disease, menstrual issues, and fertility.

3) Additional treatment and advice

Your practitioner might advise you to make specific changes in your diets, such as avoiding spicy foods or alcohol. Foods are believed to either ‘heat’ or ‘cool’ the constitution, making dietary changes an important part of the healing process.

Acupuncture might also be used to treat disrupted Qi. Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical meds and should be treated with the same caution and respect. Our clinic's practitioner is fully qualified.

Never abandon your regular medication or alter the dose without the knowledge and approval of your doctor.

Our Chinese Herbs