Chinese Herbs

Turtle and animal products in Chinese medicine

There are two turtle products available in granules from KPC: Gui Ban (Testudinis Plastrum), the shell of the freshwater turtle. Gui Ban (if taken from the wild) is under protection and requires a CITES certificate. It’s salty, sweet and cold and particularly used to nourish the yin and anchor the yang. It also benefits the […]


Can I order products from Safflower as a registered Acupuncturist in Australia or New Zealand?

Yes, you can. As registered acupuncturists in Australia or New Zealand, we can provide you with our premium products. If you are currently using patents and know the name of the formula that you prescribe and give to your patients, you can tap into our dispensary service too. Our online ordering platform stores around 350 […]


E Jiao – Donkey hide gelatine – A Must or a No?

E Jiao is commonly used animal product in Chinese medicine. Its main action and application is to tonify and nourish the blood and to stop bleeding. As it’s cloying and heavy in nature, we use it to replenish the yin as well. Yin compared to yang, is the quality that is heavy and sticky. In […]


5 Questions about Modifying Classical Chinese Herbal Formulas

Each time I attempt to modify a formula, I think to myself, is this the correct way? Do I choose my modifying herbs based on the system that I am trained in, the newest research results of Chinese herbs (e.g. Coumarin containing herbs as anti-cancer herb) or the presenting pattern? Or all the above? Or […]


He Shou Wu and Liver Toxicity – True or False?

A recent death of a college graduate from eastern China after the ingestion of a hair tonic containing He Shou Wu (Polygonum Multiflorum) has justly created headlines. Apparently two Chinese hospitals prescribed and dispensed herbal formulas containing the popular herb for the treatment of premature hair greying and hair loss. He Shou Wu achieves its […]


Chinese medicine (TCM) is safe!

Unfortunately, Chinese herbal medicine has enticed negative attention when an article revealed that a multidisciplinary approach to assess the molecular content of 26 patents described found that 92% of their samples have some form of contamination and/or substitution. The research was funded through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship awarded to MB and a National […]


Extract of Guidelines for Safe Chinese Herbal medicine practice

On November 16, 2015 the Chinese Medicine Board Australia has released the final guidelines for safe herbal dispensing. The aim of the guidelines is to provide recommendations to the most suitable nomenclature to be used on labels, greater consistency across the profession and the protection of the general public. Pin yin and herbal compendium for […]


SPORTS INJURIES – Better Results with INTEGRATIVE Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) THERAPY

Sport injuries are common with both hobby and professional sports enthusiasts. The worst case scenario is that they will prevent a career in sports. To ensure a fast recovery without much suffering of pain or loss of athletic performance is therefore the highest priority. Acute knee and ankle injuries (Fig. 1) are most common and […]


Interview with Dr Karl Zippelius on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL Injury)

Dr Karl Zippelius runs a private medical clinic in Florence (Italy) since 1998. He specialises in traditional orthopedics and traumatology, where the basic approach of Western medicine is combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as natural procedures of diagnosis and treatment. The following conversation is on ACL injuries and is aimed at providing […]


Traditional Chinese Medicine for Yang Tonics

Yin-Yang is the generalization of the two opposite aspects of things or phenomena which are interrelated in the natural worlds. Yin and yang represent not only the two inter-opposite things or forces, but also the two intra-opposite aspects existing within one object [[1],[2]]. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) holds that the normal body metabolism is […]


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