Herbal Medicines
Chinese medicines are predominantly herbs, although animal parts and minerals form a part of many as well. Traditional Chinese medicine considers all of our daily food as medicines too. There is a saying in Chinese medicine  “medicinal substances and food share the same resources”. Therefore one must be aware of compatibilities and incompatibilities between herbal medicines and our daily food as well as interactions and conflicts between natural medicines and modern western drugs.
Each nation has its own traditional medicine in history, but no other nation’s traditional medicines can parallel the Chinese in:
  • Its systematic approach to medical theory
  • The number of natural medicines used
  • The many ways it is processed
  • The experience and knowledge

There has been more modern scientific research done on traditional Chinese medicines than any other traditional medicines worldwide.

More than 5,767 kinds of natural medicines have been applied in Chinese medicine including approximately 4,773 different kinds of plants. About 500 of these  medicines are the most commonly used.

At our Muzu clinics, we have over 300 kinds of single herbs and about 100 patent medicine products to choose from to meet all your general healthcare needs.

The majority of Chinese medicines are native in China however there are a few medicines which originate in places such as Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, Russia and the America.

Chinese medicines have been used for treatment and prevention of diseases for over 5,000 years. Chinese medicines are generally effective and safe to help treat most common health problems and maintain general well-being.

  • For virus infections, like colds and flu and even most gynaecological problems, Chinese medicines work better than chemical drugs;
  • For mild and medium severity of bacterial infections, Chinese medicines work just as well as chemical antibiotics;
  • However for severe bacterial infections, chemical antibiotics are superior to Chinese medicines;
  • For crucial life- threatening conditions, chemical drugs must be your first choice;
  • However for chronic and difficult conditions, Chinese medicines are effective, safe and more suitable for long-term use.

Most commonly used Chinese medicines are safe with little side-effects and suitable for long-term use. This is one of their advantages in comparison to chemical drugs.

Some Chinese medicines (which do have severe side-effects) are only allowed for temporay use and for over a short period of time. Therefore you should always be prepared to ask questions if you don’t understand what you have been offered.

There is currently no statutory regulation on the natural medicine profession in New Zealand so it is very important that your chosen Chinese medicine practitioners are well trained and experienced because some current practitioners have only limited training.

We recommend that your practitioner is:

  • Trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (not in Medicine in China)
  • They have Bachelor and Postgraduate Degrees of traditional Chinese medicine
  • or They have at least a diploma or equivalence to three years full time training specifically in Traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
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