Chinese Herbal Medicine

Ethical Herbal Medicine

We are ESCS certified!

Our herbal medicines do not contain products from endangered species and are not derived from the inhumane treatment of animals.

There is a perception in the broader community that certain plant and animal derivatives used in Chinese herbal medicine are sourced using unethical and illegal practices. Ingredients such as bear bile and tiger bone are famous examples of traditional Chinese herbal medicine used by some unethical Chinese herbalists outside Australia. The use of substances derived from endangered species or from the inhumane treatment of animals is not supported by the majority of Chinese medicine practitioners. In April 2007, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd entered into a funding agreement with the Department of the Environment and Water Resources, now the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), to establish and administer a collaborative certification scheme known as The Endangered Species Certification Scheme (ESCS) for professionals and traders involved in the prescription, supply, export or import of traditional Chinese medicines.Ian is registered with the ESCS scheme and supports the ethical and sustainable sourcing of Chinese herbal medicine.

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We generally prescribe Chinese herbal medicine in one of three forms based on your individual requirements:

  • Granules – Are a dried, concentrated herbal extract that looks like a fine powder. Your herbalist will dispense a combination of these granules to tailor a specific herbal formula based on your needs. You then take the granulated formula by mixing a measured amount in hot water and drinking it. While there are many traditional formulae used in modern practice, the great advantage of using granules is formulae can be individually modified to suit your particular requirements. It is also more convenient that the traditional method of boiling raw herbs in a pot on your stove.
  • Capsules –- Are similar to granules in that they are a concentrated herbal extract. The difference is that they are already combined into a specific formula before being packaged into capsules. The advantage is that they are very convenient to take and unlike decocted granules, they are tasteless.
  • Pills – Are much smaller than capsules and are great for those who cannot tolerate the taste of decocted herbs or cannot swallow capsules.

Is herbal medicine safe?

Chinese herbal medicine is safe when it is prescribed by a qualified professional and taken according to their recommendations. It is important to remember however that whilst the herbal medicines prescribed are “natural” they are still just like other medications that have to be processed by the liver. It is essential that you give your herbalist a full and accurate account of your health, current medications and supplements so that herbal medicines can be dispensed safely.

It is a requirement by law that all of our herbal medicines are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) ensuring their quality and safety and as such carry an AUST L number.