Patricia Kowal Acupuncture Noosa QLD

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Chinese Herbal Medicine FAQ

How do I schedule an appointment?
What is Chinese herbal medicine?
What are the advantages of taking Chinese herbal medicine?
What do Chinese herbs taste like?
How do I take Chinese herbs?
Is it possible to combine Chinese medical treatments with conventional medicine?
Are there side effects from taking Chinese herbs?


How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment for an initial Chinese herbal medicine appointment, contact me via phone, email or through the online booking system listed in the contact page.

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What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine uses over 10,000 substances that come from plant, animal and mineral sources. These substances have been used in ancient times to establish the use of herbal formulas that used to address various health concerns. Most Chinese herbal medicine requires a prescription from a licensed Chinese herbal practitioner, although there are some "over the counter" type herbs that are sometimes available without a prescription.

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What are the advantages of taking Chinese herbal medicine?

Combining natural herbs with acupuncture treatments may help in tandem by addressing circulation and other symptoms of internal organs. Herbal medicines are a natural alternative to synthetic pharmaceutical medications.

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What do Chinese herbs taste like?

Chinese herbal formulas have various tastes depending on your body type and condition. Herbal substances have many different flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, bland. It is my job as a Chinese herbal practitioner to choose a combination of tastes that will suit your body the best.

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How do I take Chinese herbs?

I prescribe Chinese herbs in customised formulas. Formulas consist of carefully combined herbs which come in various forms: capsules, raw herbs, concentrated herbal powders made into tea, tablets and tinctures. Depending on the severity of your condition we may choose one method over another for the desired effect. The prescriptions are tailored to you and your own body to get the most optimal results.

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Is it possible to combine Chinese herbal treatments with pharmaceuticals and other conventional medicines?

Yes, Chinese herbs can be taken along with western herbs, homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals and pharmaceutical drugs as long as they are checked by your practitioner. From the initial intake, we will create a custom formula and may advise you to take the herbs at a separate time than your other medicines.

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Are there side effects from taking Chinese herbs?

The most common side effects of Chinese herbs are digestive upsets and gas/bloating depending on the body’s ability to digest them. Taking the formula after a meal may alleviate these symptoms in most cases. Choosing herbal combinations based on your body and conditions is important to prevent the possibility of any negative side effects.

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