Herbal Dispensary

Avicenna is unique in having run a working dispensary for nearly 30 years, thus offering an outstanding service to both our patients and in-house practitioners. 

Our Chinese herbs are sourced directly by us from reputable sources and individual herbal tea prescriptions are tailor-made on the premises by our fully qualified Chinese pharmacists.  Herbal formulas are provided fully decocted (ready-to-drink) or as syrups, and we also offer a bespoke range of associated products made to prescription.

Herbal formulas take approximately 3 hours to prepare (more for syrups), and can sometimes be collected from the centre on the same day as your appointment.  Alternatively, we are able to dispatch these to you by courier.  The dispensing service is also available to health professionals, in accordance with RCHM guidelines.

Read a more extensive interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji published in the RCHM Journal on our herbal decoction service.

Our Chinese Herbs

We keep a carefully selected permanent stock of over 450 authenticated herbs. We source and import only the highest quality herbs available (organic, wherever possible) and refuse inferior stock.  We do not sell pills of uncertain origin, nor stock endangered or prohibited species.

We specialise in pharmacognosy and have extensive experience in verifying the quality and identity of raw herbs.  We also offer a consultation service to outside practitioners aiming to improve the quality of raw materials on sale in the West and to eradicate the use of substitutes.

To guarantee the highest quality and authenticity of ingredients for our herbal formulations we buy directly from China via long-established and trusted contacts who follow strict GMP and GAP guidelines.

We undertake regular trips to visit traditional and organic tea and herb growers to verify and audit the sources of our supplies.

Our Herbal Tea Decoction service

We are one of the very few clinics in Europe to offer a traditional decoction service for our herbal prescriptions. In 2003 we introduced cutting edge methods as used in Chinese hospitals, which enable us to prepare individual herbal formulas in ready-made liquid form for you to take as part of your daily routine.

This high pressure and temperature-controlled decoction method extracts much higher proportions of the active ingredients and makes taking your herbal prescription more effective, convenient and palatable for Western tastes.  It also ensures the consistent quality of the product (which comes in sealed, easy-to-use sachets).

Our Skincare Products

We offer a bespoke range of custom-made skincare products via our Skin Clinic that has been exclusively developed over 25 years by renowned skin specialist Mazin Al-Khafaji, to enhance the effect of his herbal prescriptions.

Our products are made in small batches and mixed by hand, enriched with herbal ingredients as prescribed through our dispensary.  We customise products for a wide variety of skin conditions, and our range includes washes, poultices, powders, ointments and creams.  These products are also available to associated health professionals and their patients.

Our products are made from highly concentrated, natural and pure ingredients and herbal powders.  Our skin creams do not contain any artificial colours or preservatives, petrochemical substances or steroids.

View our custom made skincare products guide

Regulation and Accreditation

The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) was set up in 1987 to regulate the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK and is working towards statutory self-regulation for herbal medicine in Britain.

Avicenna is an RCHM approved supplier and therefore conforms to all government set standards.