Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine has always been considered pre-eminent amongst the various methods of healing within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is practised extensively throughout clinics and hospitals in China alongside Western medicine. Its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness has had the most profound influence on the practice of medicine all over the Far East. Countless generations of doctors over thousands of years have carefully observed patterns of illness and have used powerful natural remedies to alleviate these conditions and restore good health.
Why is herbal medicine at Avicenna different?
We are amongst the very few clinics in Europe to run in a truly traditional style, so much so that we get many visits from students and practitioners from all corners of the globe, including professors and students from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan Medical universities who delight in discovering that we do what nowadays has become a rarity even in their own culture. In fact, we have just hosted our first Taiwanese intern, a pharmacognosy student from Chinese Medical University in Taiwan, who came to study in our dispensary for two months.
Read a more extensive interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji to get a clear picture on what makes us different!
Avicenna's Herbal Medicine practitioners
Mazin started his studies in Chinese medicine and the Chinese language in 1979, and gained his Doctor of Chinese Medicine from Shanghai College of TCM in 1987.
He is respected worldwide as an inspirational teacher and clinician and co-author of the textbook Manual of Acupuncture.
Mazin specializes in: Dermatology, auto-immune & allergic disease.
Thanh Huynh MD
Tanh qualified as a Western medical doctor in 2001 and subsequently trained in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
He is trained in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology, and as part of his TCM studies completed Mazin Al-Khafaji's Dermatology Diploma Course in 2009. We are happy to welcome him at Avicenna, taking up a position as Mazin Al-Khafaji's assistant at the Skin & Allergy Clinic from July 1st 2013.
Qin Li graduated from the Cheng Du College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983. Between 1996 and 2000 she worked as a consultant in gynaecology and internal medicine. She has been in practice in the UK since 2001.
Qin Li specializes in: Gynaecological disorders including menopause and fertility as well as anxiety, depression and stress-related disorders.
Andrew graduated in 1992 in herbal medicine and acupuncture and undertook further clinical training in Taiwan and China.
Andrew specializes in: supportive care for people living with cancer, mental health problems, gynaecological disorders and pain management.
Robin graduated in 2008 with a 1st class honours degree as well as receiving an award for excellence in studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has experience working in pain clinics and cancer support.
Robin specializes in: chronic pain including lumbago, sciatica, neck, knee & shoulder, stress, depression, fatigue, migraines and insomnia as well as gynaecological disorders.
TCM combines a detailed analysis of signs and symptoms with a unique system of pulse and tongue diagnosis to develop a detailed picture of the course and process of disease. After diagnosis each person will be prescribed an individual herbal formula, tailor made to their specific requirements. This allows for a subtle but powerfully effective form of treatment with minimal side-effects. Considerable research into many aspects of TCM has been conducted in China and the West proving beyond doubt its efficacy and merit. People of any age and constitution can benefit from Chinese herbal medicine.
...Chinese herbal medicine allows for a subtle but powerfully effective form of treatment with minimal side-effects.
Chinese herbal medicine remedies may influence a wide range of acute and chronic disease, including:
- Skin disease: Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria, lichen simplex, lupus erythematosus, vitiligo, fungal & yeast infections, bacterial & viral disease such as herpes simplex, impetigo, polymorphic light eruption (sun allergy), etc
- Allergic and Auto-immune disease: Hay fever, asthma, thyroid disease such as Grave's & Hashimoto's disease, myasthenia gravis, Sjogren's syndrome, multiple sclerosis MS
- Gastro-intestinal disorders: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, diarrhoea, persistent nausea & vomiting, stomach ulcer (duodenal & peptic), ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease.
- Gynaecological & Obstetrics: Pre-menstrual syndrome, painful periods, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, habitual miscarriage, fibro-cystic, morning sickness, insufficient lactation (breast milk), post natal depression, post natal weakness and debility.
- Male disorders: Infertility, low sperm count & motility, impotence, chronic prostate problems
- Respiratory conditions: Asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
- Rheumatologic conditions: Osteo arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, ankylosing spondylitis
- Urinary conditions: Chronic cystitis, interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome
- Psychological disorders: Insomnia, depression, anxiety
- Supportive therapy in the treatment of cancer: Side effect of chemo and radiotherapy, fatigue, nausea, low blood count etc.
- Neurological conditions: Headache, migraine, dizziness, peripheral neuropathy
- Cardio-vascular disease: Angina, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heart rhythm
- Children's diseases: Bed wetting, glue ear, reoccurring tonsillitis, asthma, eczema etc.
- Other: Hepatitis A, B, C, chronic fatigue syndrome ME, symptoms associated with HIV infection
Last Herbal Medicine news
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