Chinese Herbal Medicine
What substances are used in Chinese herbal medicine?
Hundreds of different substances are used in Chinese Medicine and most are plant based. Some are kitchen staples, like ginger, garlic, cinnamon and tumeric whilst chrysanthemum, peppermint and peony flowers could be blossoming in the garden. Other herbs may be unfamiliar, for example, Chai Hu (Bupleurum), Di Huang (Rehmannia), and Huang Qi (Astragalus). Importantly, some substances that were used traditionally are no longer part of modern professional Chinese Herbal Medicine practice, for example, traditional remedies that are derived from endangered species (illegal in Australia) have been replaced by other substances with similar actions.
All manufactured medicines in Australia are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, which ensures compliance with strict requirements on safety, quality and a range of other matters. Traditional Chinese medicine products are marked AUST-L (listed) or AUST-R (registered) to indicate the product is legally able to be supplied in Australia.
The recommendations of a qualified and Governement registered TCM practitioner (refer AHPRA) can guide an individual's consumption of Chinese herbal medicines.