Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine (CCHM) focuses on one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine: using plants and other natural ingredients to enhance well-being. It is often used as part of a programme of treatment by a TCM practitioner.
Rather than having a stock of standard formulas for injuries, illness or disease, each person is evaluated according to Chinese theory, and a specialized formula is created. These individual formulas are based on standard formulas created thousands of years ago, with individual herbs chosen to emphasize the particular needs of the client. In addition to creating specific herbal formulas for each individual, the CCHM practitioner, recognizing that foods have a tremendous impact on wellness - both good and bad, advises clients on diet. This advice is also tailored to the individual and often is very different from the type of dietary information one would get from a nutritionist or medical doctor. Individuals may also be taught some simple acupressure techniques to enhance the herbal treatment. Meditative exercise such as Qi Gong, Tai Qi, or yoga may also be part of the suggested program, again depending on individual situations.