Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs for Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc)

Many people would be surprised to hear that Chinese herbs can help for herniated disc problems and would expect that acupuncture take precedence as the main treatment.Ideally, treatment would involve a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion as well as Chinese herbs.The main symptoms associated with ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Sicca (dry eye) Syndrome

Sicca syndrome is sometimes referred to as Sjogren's syndrome. To be accurate however, it must be noted that Sjogren's syndrome needs to have evidence of an auto-immune disease present. Ophthalmological examination is important because this condition can lead to more serious problems including ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs and acupuncture for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease came about being called Lyme disease because it was first noticed in 1975 in Lyme, Connecticut. It can occur anywhere in the world including China. The disease is transmitted by a tick and can lead to a whole host of symptoms. The most common symptom is a rash and the second most ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis can cause cramping and  pain in the lower left region of the abdomen.The large intestine can develop small pouches that bulge out like little sacs and these are called diverticula.As we age, the bowel develops more and more diverticula and then this is called diverticulosis.In fact, ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations can refer to the sensation of the heart skipping a beat and is sometimes described  by patients as their heart “Flip Flopping”. The heart  can also be racing and even pounding. It is important to know if the palpitations are associated with coronary heart disease, hyperthyroidism, ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Long Periods

The use of Chinese herbs and acupuncture in the treatment of long periods has been used for centuries. Long bleeding is regarded as that being up to  7 days or more, however the bleeding itself  is in fact not excessive or heavy. Bleeding for too many days can  lead to weakness and tiredness which ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs and Acupuncture for Late Periods

Late periods are by the medical definition late when they are longer than 30 days between cycles and in some instances can be 40-50 days late. If there is just one late cycle, it is not regarded as a problem but if the cycles are late for more than 3 cycles, then treatment should be ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs for afternoon tea

To finish of our series of Chinese herbs and foods we ask Albert Zhang what he recommends for a simple Chinese version of high tea. Albert said that “Since moving to New Zealand I have learnt that many Kiwis like to have a sweet biscuit and cup of tea in the afternoon and I have never had any ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Constipation during Pregnancy

Many women who never have had constipation can then experience it during the course of their pregnancy. The hormones progesterone and oestrogen have an effect on smooth muscle such as the intestines making the bowels sluggish. The common advice is to drink more water but some women may already be ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs for desert

In our continuing series of posts of using Chinese herbs in cooking, we ask Albert Zhang, a New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists member practicing  in Auckland, to provide us a nice tasting recipe for a Chinese herbal desert. The challenge of course for Albert  is not that it only tastes good but ... Continue Reading >>