New 'Chinese Herbalist Range'

Author: Denise   Date Posted:29 September 2016 

Restore balance and harmony to your body's energy flow with our new 'Chinese Herbalist Range' concocted by Perth-based Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Marie Hopkinson

 

With the introduction of our new ‘Chinese Herbalist Range' of tisanes, blended for us by Perth-based Chinese Medicine practitioner, Marie Hopkinson, we delve into the purpose of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the benefits of the associated herbs.

Like Naturopathy and Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concentrates on a holistic approach to wellness, from the way we live to the food we eat. TCM is also similar to Ayurvedic therapies in that there is a significant focus on the body’s elemental balance. Ayurvedic theory is centred on the mind-body types, or doshas. These are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, which are derived from the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Similarly, TCM also revolves around these five elements and their correlating organs.

By the philosophy of TCM, our bodies as a whole are governed by the opposing energy forces, Yin and Yang. Together they form our Qi (pronounced chee), a kind of life essence that flows through all of us. Our organs act as meridians — or the main pathways for energy flow. When a disruption to our vital energy occurs, select herbs that also correlate to the elements based on their tastes (as well as their botanical benefits) are used to target problem areas.

The following table outlines the elements and associated meridians as well as the flavours of herbs that are usually used to treat these imbalances.

Element

Meridian

Flavour

Fire

Heart / small intestines

Bitter

Earth

Stomach / spleen

Sweet

Metal

Lungs / large intestines / skin

Pungent

Water

Kidneys / bladder

Salty

Wood

Liver / gallbladder

Sour

 

Imbalances in different elements/meridians create different illnesses. For example a metal imbalance could be the cause of complaints such as asthma, colds, eczema, or constipation.

The flavours and nutrients of various herbs are known to help alleviate illnesses caused by the “weakness in elements” and disruptions in the meridians. This is where practitioners like Marie Hopkinson have made a name for themselves for their in-depth knowledge of traditional Chinese treatments. Her understanding of plant based remedies and their use in restoring balance to the energy channels has lead to the creation of our new Chinese Herbalist range. By selecting optimum herbs and concocting these blends, Marie has designed a line of tisanes that may help in tending to common complaints from which many of us may occasionally suffer.

Harmony Tea: this blend of Chinese herbs and jasmine aids in harmonising mental-emotional functions to help with focus, sleep, and alertness, as well as lifting mood. 

Hangover Tea: a detoxifying tisane that eliminates heat and toxins from the digestive system, this blend is good for alleviating the effects of overeating and over-drinking. 

Relaxation Tea: the combination of herbs and flowers in this blend are utilised due to their calmative effects, offering a sense of relaxation. (Available mid-October)

Shaolin Warrior / Post Training Tea: the properties of these specially selected herbs facilitate circulation, encourage energy (Qi) flow, and eliminate toxins following exercise. 

Spring Tea: a cooling blend designed to clear heat and wind, which commonly cause hay fever symptoms — perfect for sinusitis, hay fever, and nasal congestion sufferers. 

Summer Tea: an ideal blend to be enjoyed for its heat clearing and energy boosting functions to help combat sluggishness on those extra hot and lazy days. 


The above explanation of TCM is only a very basic overview as this is a complex practice that applies the energy and elemental theories to explain the physiological and pathological activities of the body. All of the tisanes in our herbal ranges should primarily be enjoyed as flavoursome beverages rather than just reliable remedies. If you are ever unsure about the ingredients in our blends, or have a serious health issue you should always consult a trusted healthcare professional first.