Chinese Herbal Medicines

Chinese herbal medicines are used both as a stand-alone treatment method or as an adjunct to acupuncture treatments. Herbal formulas typically contain many herbs; often up to 20 different types or even more. Our Chinese herbal formulas are specifically prescribed for each individual by Blue Wren Acupuncture’s health practitioner, who assesses the patient’s symptoms, stage of illness and many other factors.

Several options are available, including granule herbs, which are stirred into hot water and drunk (similar to a black coffee), liquid herbal extracts, pills and even herbs to be applied externally as creams, scrubs or washes.

Most commonly, Chinese herbal medicines are of plant origin, but mineral and animal-based products may be used from time to time. Protected or endangered species are never prescribed by Blue Wren Acupuncture Clinic.

More about Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is one part of the larger Traditional Chinese Medicine healing system.

Chinese medicine involves a deep understanding of how human physiology works from the perspective of two opposing energy forces – Yin and Yang, and how to restore the balance of the two to return the person to optimal health. Whilst many aspects of this understanding have parallels in modern medicine, one unique aspect of this type of medicine is the involvement of energy flows through the body in the form of Qi. Qi is considered the essence of life and flows through invisible channels in the body, but when Qi becomes imbalanced or blocked it can cause sickness or poor functioning of the body. Things such as poor diet, stress, lack of sleep or exercise, pollution, infection or emotional distress can cause Qi to become imbalanced.

When Chinese herbal medicine is prescribed, the Chinese Herbalist will take into account the relative balance of the patient’s Yin and Yang in order to prescribe the particular herbs that will be useful for them.

We have an extensive dispensary of approximately 130 herbs that are carefully selected, measured and combined into unique formulas for our patients.


Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been documented and practiced for centuries. Despite the long running documentation of the wide-ranging number of conditions and symptoms that can be addressed with these treatments, there are only a limited few conditions that AHPRA’s research has approved for practitioners to use in their advertising materials. If you wish to discuss the treatment of a condition or symptom not listed on our website, please get in touch with us.

Note: Although Chinese medicine is generally considered to be a safe treatment method, occasionally (as with all health treatments) they may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

If you would like to learn more about Chinese herbal medicine and how it can benefit you, get in touch with us. Shannon also provides appointments for Chinese cupping, gua sha massage, acupuncture and dry needling.