Chinese Herbs

Dysmenorrhea – Painful menstruation

Dysmenorrhea (Greek term, meaning “painful menstruation”, is a medical condition of excessive menstrual pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities (Fig. 1, [[i]]). It does not include the common situation of mild discomfort or pain during normal menstruation. The menstrual pain of dysmenorrhea is often described as menstrual cramps, also including sharp, throbbing, dull, […]



Infertility is fundamentally the inability to conceive a baby, including the inability of a male to provide normal sperms and the state of a female who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term [[1]]. The causes of infertility include specific male causes, specific female causes, combined and unexplained infertility (Fig. 2, [1]). On […]



Menopause literally means the “end of monthly cycles” (the end of monthly periods aka menstruation), from the Greek word pausis (cessation) and the root men- (month). A woman’s period, once every 28 days on average, starting from around 14 years (menarche) and ending at around 50 years old (menopause), is a series physiological changes for […]


From Mona Lisa to Multiple Sclerosis

When we stand in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in The Louvre museum, the optical image will be translated into electric pulses in the retina cells in the our eye. Those electric signals will move along the optic nerves, relay neurons, thalamus, to the visual cortex in the occipital lobe that is located […]


TCM uses of Huang Qi and its formulas

Huang Qi (pronounced like huang chi; Chinese as 黄芪, or 黄耆; English as Astragalus, Fig. 1), is a genus name of perennial leguminous herbs. The main medicine sources are from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus (Fisch.) bge. and A. membranaceus (Fisch.) bge.var.mongpholicus (bge.) Hsiao.  The medicinal history of Huang Qi has been 2000 years. According […]


Traditional Chinese Medicine on post stroke recovery

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, is the rapid loss of brain function (electrical/chemical communications between neurons and target cells) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain [[1]]. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockage (thrombosis, arterial embolism), or a hemorrhage (broken blood vessel due to high […]


Breast cancer and the role of Chinese herbal medicine

Statistics of breast cancer: Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue [[1]]. In 2009, breast cancer was the most common cancer in Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), accounting for 27.4 per cent of all new cancers in women, with the average age of 60.7 years and with the risk of […]


Cinnamon (Gui Zhi) and its formulas for type 2 diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a serious and potentially deadly disease with a characteristic of high blood glucose. Its classical symptoms are increased eating, increased drinking, increased urine and decreased body weight. There are mainly two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is the form of diabetes that results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing […]


The role of Lu Rong (deer velvet) products in Chinese herbal medicine

Lu Rong is also commonly called deer velvet antler, or deer velvet. It is the whole cartilaginous antler in a pre-calcified stage (Fig-1, Image of Lu Rong[1]). The outermost layer of skin covering a growing antler is hair like in appearance and texture, and is simply called velvet[2]. Moose, elk and deer produce new antlers […]


When are Fu Zi And Ma Huang going to become available?

Two of the herbs proposed by the former Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria to be added to Schedule 1 of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) remain unavailable to registered Chinese herbal medicine practitioners with additional endorsement for prescribing these herbs individually. The SUSMP, referred to as “The Poisons […]


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