Chinese Herbs

Introduction to Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs

Chinese herbs have  a history of over two thousand years  and many of the original herbal text books are still in existence today. The science of Chinese herbal medicine developed throughout the centuries largely from trial and error of the physicians and the experiences  then passed down to next ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs for lunch

Albert Zhang and Professor Gao Li Shan

The Acupuncture Clinic consulted with Albert Zhang of Auckland as to what is a nice tasting Chinese herb soup that could be eaten at lunch and something that is good for you too. Chinese herbs when taken as medicine do have the reputation of tasting bitter and people rarely like the taste of them ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs for breakfast

Black rice breakfast

Many people inquire at The Acupuncture Clinic about what they could have for breakfast that is healthy. According to traditional Chinese medicine principles, there are many foods that could be eaten at breakfast and this is just one example. All the ingredients can be obtained easily and ... Continue Reading >>

Tong Ren Tang 同仁堂 – One of the oldest Chinese medicine companies now sets up in Auckland

The opening of Tang Ren Tang in Auckland

One of the oldest Chinese medicine companies, Tong Ren Tang, has now set up 4 new branches of its worldwide chain of Chinese herb shops in Auckland. There was a grand opening on Saturday 27th September and the ribbon was cut by George Andrews, well known New Zealand documentary producer and film ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Amenorrhoea

Women can still experience abdominal pain with amenorhoea

Amenorrhoea is when there is an absence of a  menstrual period and this gynecology  condition is divided into two types. Primary amenorrhoea, which  is when no period has arrived by 16 -18 years of age and secondary amenorrhoea, which is when there has been no period for more than 3 months. In ... Continue Reading >>

Kiwiseng- New Zealand Ginseng !

Kiwiseng- New Zealand Ginseng

You have heard about Chinese Ginseng and you have heard about American Ginseng as well as no doubt probably also heard about Siberian Ginseng. But have you heard of Kiwiseng- New Zealand Ginseng!! Ok, now that I have got your attention, I have a confession to make. I made up the name Kiwiseng.  But, ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese Herbs for Ulcerative Colitis


Ulcerative Colitis is regarded as an autoimmune disease that inflames the large intestine causing ulcers and diarrhea mixed with blood. There is no known cause and anti-inflammatory drugs or cortico-steroids are mostly prescribed. The World Journal of Gastroenterology recently reported the ... Continue Reading >>

Dandelion, more than just a weed!

Photo by Nesta Rose Lade

Dandelion has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years both in China and Europe. The Chinese use the whole dried plant whereas the traditional European herbalists tended to use mainly the roots.  In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion is used in combination with other herbs to ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Prevent Miscarriage

Pregnant Asian Woman

Researchers from Oregon have reported that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help prevent recurrent pregnancy loss. The study also found that acupuncture and Chinese herbs enhances fertility. In traditional Chinese medical diagnosis, there are many causes of miscarriage which may sometimes overlap ... Continue Reading >>

Chrysanthemum Flowers for Springtime

Ju Hua

Chrysanthemum flowers known as Ju Hua in Chinese, are a commonly used herb in China and their use is increasing in the West. When visiting a Chinese grocery store or supermarket they will most likely be there on the shelf somewhere. In many side stalls selling tea in China, chrysanthemum tea will ... Continue Reading >>