Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

chinese herbal medicine summary

Each of us has a unique body constitution, which is influenced by hereditary traits, environmental factors and lifestyle habits.

TCM’s approach to treating diseases takes into account your body constitution and targets the root cause to address your symptoms. It aims to help you regain internal balance and strengthen your body’s resistance to diseases.

This can be done through herbal prescriptions, which can consist of sachets of purified concentrated herbal granules, or come in pill or capsule form.

Our herbal medicine is mainly herbal granules because it's the most convenient for our clients and patients; and this is #1 key to health improvements and outcomes). Consumption is convenient: just dissolve the herbal granules in hot water and consume the resulting brew.

Our physicians prescribe herbal medications to treat various health issues including:

  • Fertility
  • Skin conditions
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Neurological conditions
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Sub-health


Chinese medicines, including herbs, processed herbal materials and patent prescriptions, are medications prescribed under the guidance of TCM theory. Prior to Qing Dynasty, Chinese medicine was referred to as materia medica or raw medicine.

Since the majority of Chinese medicines are plant-based, that's why it is also called Chinese herbal medicine. That being said, there are animal products and minerals are included too.

What is decoction (brewing herbs)?

In Chinese medicine, decoction is a mean of herb preparation involving first soaking, then boiling in ceramic pot, and lastly straining.

To maximize the efficacy of the herbs when brewing,

  • some are added early, some later / after some time
  • some are bagged
  • some need to be melted first
  • some others are to be dissolved in water and taken directly without boiling

Generally speaking, minerals and crustaceans, such as fossil fragment (LongGu) and ostrea (MuLi), need to be boiled first; aromatic herbs with volatile properties, such as peppermint (BoHe), Herba Schizonepetae (JingHuiJie), Agastache Rugosus (HuoXiang), need to be boiled later to prevent loss of medicinal efficacy; a few other ingredients, such as pearl powder (ZhenZhuFen) or “raw powder”, can be grinded down to powder for oral intake or added to the concoction.

What is the difference between decoction and scientific Chinese medicine?

There’s no hierarchy among decoction, pill, and powder. They are various forms of medicine administered to patients according to the conditions.

Currently, manufacturing procedure for scientific Chinese medicine is the same as decoction. It also undergoes boiling process to extract active ingredients from the herbs, which are then concentrated to form scientific Chinese medicine. It is safe, effective, portable and convenient, thus, widely accepted by the general public. In most cases, scientific Chinese medicine along is sufficient for treatment.

For other critical or complex cases, decoction may be more appropriate.

The physician will prescribe suitable formula based on patient’s constitution and illness. When it comes to decoction, there is a wide selection of herbs with excellent potency, efficacy and bioavailability.

The physician can also adjust the formula anytime to coincide with changes in the progression of illness and patient constitution, allowing maximal efficacy of the herbs.

How to brew and administer the medicine?

Our herbal medicine is mainly herbal granules because it's the most convenient for our clients and patients; and this is #1 key to health improvements and outcomes).

Consumption is convenient: just dissolve the herbal granules in hot water and consume the resulting brew. Do NOT boil - just add to one cup of hot or warm water, stir to ensure all is dissolved and drink directly.


Follow physician’s instructions; typically take the medicine up to 3 times a day— pre-prandial, post-prandial and at bedtime.

As a general rule of thumb,

  • regular medicine should be taken an hour after meal;
  • nourishing medicine should be taken before meal;
  • stomach aggravating medicine should be taken after meal;
  • narcotics should be taken at bedtime

Foods to avoid

While taking the medicine, avoid

  • raw
  • cold
  • greasy and
  • spicy food

that may affect absorption of medicine.

Other medications should be taken at least 30 minutes apart.

If you are not feeling well, you may stop the medicine and contact your physician to report adverse responses for appropriate formula adjustments.

How do I go about buying herbal decoction?

Please follow the prescription from our certified TCM physician.

Do NOT self medicate.

There are literally thousands of different Chinese herbs.

It is difficult for one to fully master the knowledge of all herbs. Please be advised that it is best to purchase herbs from reputable and trustworthy Chinese medicine shops. The safety of Chinese herbal medicine can only be ensured through appropriate processing, free of chemical additives and utilization of authentic ingredients.

Can I order Chinese herbs from phoenix rehab?

Phoenix Rehab provides door-to-door herbal medicine delivery service.

Our certified and licensed TCM physician will assess, diagnose and prescribe the required herbal medicine for you, and once you've made payment, it will be delivered to your doorstep within 1-2 working days.

Make an appointment with our TCM physician today.

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Phoenix Rehab Physio Services

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
  2. improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
  3. increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.


  • Cupping TCM
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  • Herbal TCM Medicine & Supplementation


Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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