"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of a plant, the final results of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life."
~ T.A. Edison
Frequently Asked Questions about our Herbal Remedies
What does the FSW believe that Chinese Medicine can treat? It is important FSW to be very clear that while we believe strongly in the body's ability to heal and the power of Chinese Medicine, it should not be mistaken that we recognize the importance of and the role of a patients primary care and the western medicine model. We strive to provide care and support and are always willing and happy to communicate with other healthcare professionals, directly or indirectly, when the expertise of such professionals fits more properly the needs of a particular patient.
FSW will therefore not discourage essential medical treatment for conditions where western medical supervision or advice should be sought. We will always advise patients, in the case of serious illnesses or uncertain diagnosis, to seek advice and treatment from their GP/consultant. FSW will also, with the patient's consent, liaise with that patient's other health professionals, where appropriate, when offering complementary treatment.
We believe that Chinese herbal medicine has a role to play in the treatment of the following conditions and possibly more that may not be listed:
- Skin disease, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria
- Gastro-intestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis
- Gynaecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis, infertility
- Hepatitis and HIV: some promising results have been obtained for treatment of Hepatitis C, and supportive treatment may be beneficial in the case of HIV
- Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations
- Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, allergic and perennial rhinitis and sinusitis
- Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis
- Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
Many of these conditions, especially in their chronic forms, can create difficulty for conventional medicine, whilst Chinese Herbal Medicine has a great deal to offer. The results that can be expected and how long a patient will have to take the herbs for will depend on the severity of the condition, its duration, and the general health of the patient.
Our herbalists at FSW take great pride in the thoroughness of the medicine and will be happy to discuss their experience of treating your type of problem with you before you commit yourself to taking Chinese herbal remedies.
Who can take Chinese herbal medicine? Chinese medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Your practitioner will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before prescribing herbs to you. With suitable adjustments for dosage and with some provisions which will be determined by your practitioner, children and pregnant women can be treated very well by Chinese medicine.
How are herbs dispensed? Herbs are now available in a number of formats, both traditional and modern. The traditional method is to boil a mixture of dried herbs to make a tea or to use pills. The herbs are also now commonly prescribed as freeze dried powders or tinctures. The herbs will at first taste unusual and often bitter to anyone who has not tried them before, but the vast majority of people get used to the taste very quickly.
Are herbs safe? Chinese herbs are very safe when prescribed correctly by a properly trained practitioner. Over the centuries doctors have compiled detailed information about the pharmacopoiea and placed great emphasis on the protection of the patient. Adverse reactions can occur with any form of medicine. In the case of Chinese herbal medicine these are rare. Your herbalist will provide guidance on this to all patients.
What about reports of Endangered species? FSW is greatly concerned about the threat to wild animals and plants that have come as a result of the growth in demand for traditional medicines. We strongly condemn the illegal trade in endangered species and have a strict policy prohibiting the use of any type of endangered species by any of our Members.