Tag Archives: Chinese medicine

Chinese Herbs for Pain, Trauma & Sports Injuries

The history of treating injuries with acupuncture and herbal therapy is centuries old and time-tested by martial artists and Chinese warriors. The theories and practices are practical and quite easy to comprehend.


Ice constricts the flow of blood and lymph fluid and slows down swelling; the thinking behind the RICE treatment was that it would lessen tissue damage. However, a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that the practice of icing delayed the recovery of muscle damage and should not be the first choice of treatment for traumatic and sports injuries. Continue reading


Making Natural Herbal Burn Remedy

Our burn remedies contain a famous ancient Chinese herbal medicine for burns called Zi Cao Gen, or Purple Herb Root, along with other cooling herbs and pure essential oils of lavender. You can see that the root at the top right is truly a dark purple color, and the salve is a beautiful hue of red as a result.


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Inflammation of Kidneys, Prostate and Herbs Safe to Use

I still have some kidney issues and take your yin valley occasionally.  We have communicated  several times before and I have thanked you, my GFR varies but mostly is ok. I do have constant kidney pain, not stones. I now have chronic inflammation of various areas of my body, including kidneys the most recent is inflammation of my prostate.  I just had a scope.  What do you recommend for my urinary tract and prostate that will not hurt my kidneys…

As always, you want to run supplements by your local health care professional. Your concern is well founded, as most of the western herbs used for the urinary and kidneys are quite diuretic and can cause more stress on the kidneys. The Yin Valley formula is supporting in its actions rather than stimulating, so it seems a good fit. You would want to read the tonic herb article and our faq’s page to better understand that this formula is not something that can be taken occasionally with any great effect. Saw Palmetto berry is something we often utilize in clinic for the prostate inflammation and can be purchased inexpensively at any local health food store.

Chinese Herbs for Hair loss and Hypothyroidism

Website Visitor Inquires:

I have a serious hair loss problem since the last 10 years. I had been hypo thyroid since last 13 years. I have very scanty hair especially in the front and cover it up with concelers.I had tried tropical solutions and vitamins, but did not see much improvement. Want your recommendation on Chinese herbs/medication that would help me to
regrow hair and stop hair loss.


I have had a lot of positive feedback from customers and patients over the years in regards to the benefits of Return to Spring formula and hair loss. It is important to first understand how they work, and that you have realistic expectations of tonic herbs.

First, hair loss and premature graying is generally attributed to Kidney Deficiency in Chinese medicine, but there are countless other possibilities for your hair loss. Hypothyroidism is also often attributed to Kidney Deficiency, so there is a good chance that this is the reason for your hair loss.

Instead of viewing Chinese herbs as some type of potion that will magically re-grow your hair, realize that you are restoring Kidney (TCM)  health, and therefore your hair will grow normally. Restoring Kidney health in Chinese medicine takes time and you will not likely see improvement in one or two months. A lot of people start seeing some improvement in 3 months, but it will take many more months to benefit from the full potential of the herbs.

Catherine Browne, L.Ac, MH, DiplAc

Natural Herbal Antacid – Meadowsweet

Website visitor asks:

Are there any great herbal antacids available?


My favorite herbal antacid is meadowsweet herb, and we include it in our Stomach Pills formula that addresses an array of digestive issues.

Meadowsweet herb is often misunderstood by practitioners tied to reductionist theories as it contains salicylic acid, the same compound as in aspirin. Actually, salicylic acid was originally isolated from plant compounds such as meadowsweet or willow bark and was then synthesised based on these natural sources.

Because meadowsweet does contain significant levels of a substance linked with causing stomach problems, some well-meaning, mis-informed  souls deduce that it must also cause stomach problems. Actually, meadowsweet has been used throughout history to treat ulcers and a host of other stomach problems. As it turns out, the salicylic acid is not broken down and made available until the herb enters the small intestine, so it will not cause the problems that the isolated synthesised aspirin does. This is one of the reasons I advocate whole herbs and why I rely on historical uses of herbs tested over hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years of practical application.

My only issue with using meadowsweet this way is that it often is only a temporary solution that does not address the true underlying imbalances that truly lead to acid reflux or GERD; mainly being Liver Qi Stagnation. Unless herbs that sooth the Liver energetic system are used, those suffering with chronic acid reflux are unlikely to experience prolonged relief.

Best of Health,