How To Take Chinese Herbs

  1. Boil the kettle, ideally with filtered water.
  2. Add the prescribed amount (e.g. 1 heaped teaspoon) into a ceramic cup. Choose a special cup and make it a ceremony.
  3. Pour hot water into the cup to about two thirds full.
  4. Then top the rest with cold.
  5. Let it cool a little and drink like a hot cup of tea.
  6. Take either 30 minutes before meals or 1 hour after as prescribed. If you forget to take a dose you can enjoy it as a cup of tea anytime during the day or night.
How To Take Chinese Herbs
Hong Hua or Safflower is a herb used in Chinese herbal medicine for fertility, it functions to tonify and move the blood, notice the red colour.

About Chinese Herbs

Dr. Ilana Sowter uses Chinese Herbs from Taiwan. Ko Da adhere to strict manufacturing practice at international standards. They manufacture the most safe, potent and stable traditional Chinese herbs on the market. Ko Da has a conscientious integrity with a loyal support that is earned amongst Chinese medicine practitioners worldwide. Naturally, Ko Da is the only Chinese herbal manufacturer to track full transparency of manufacturing and quality control processes from start to finish. These herbs are the best because they are safe, potent and the best quality available and proven so. Ko Da is distributed by Materia Medica, based on North Shore Auckland.

Gluten-Free & Non-GMO

Not only are these Chinese herbs high quality, but for your peace of mind they are gluten-free and Non-GMO.

Why Chinese Herbs?

Chinese Herbs have been used for thousands of years. Many of the formula Dr. Ilana Sowter prescribes are classics. Passed down from Chinese empirical knowledge. Chinese Herbs are an excellent choice of medicine. Firstly, they are holistic. They can treat a myriad of illness patterns, signs and symptoms all in one formula. This saves you taking twenty different pills or supplements. The art of Chinese medicine is in the diagnosis and prescription, as your symptoms change, so will your herbal prescription. Dr. Ilana Sowter is a qualified Chinese Herbalist. As trained, she modifies your formula as needed, safely and effectively. Dr. Ilana has a full dispensary of Chinese Herbs for your needs and health.

How To Take Chinese Herbs

What Form Of Chinese Herbs Are Prescribed?

The Herbs are in powdered form and simply dissolve in hot water. This saves you hours of boiling and monitoring them.

When To Take Chinese Herbs

As prescribed. Dr. Ilana will tell you to take them either:

  • 30 minutes before meals or
  • 1 hour after meals.

Chinese Herb FAQ

Can I Sweeten Chinese Herbs?

Depending on the formula the taste will differ. You can always add some honey or juice to sweeten the taste. Ideally it is best to get used to the taste. When the true flavour of the herbs enters the mouth this makes them more effective. As the flavour enters the mouth. Liquorice is often added to sweeten the prescription and harmonise the actions of the various herbs.

How Do I Store My Chinese Herb Container?

Dr. Ilana dispenses your herbs in a container. It is important that they are stored in a cool, dark place. They can be stored in the fridge but this is not necessary. Storing them in the fridge may make them hard and difficult to spoon out. Do not expose your herbs to direct sunlight or heat. Chinese Herbal medicine is prescribed for the patient only and should be safely kept out of reach of children.

When Chinese Herbs Expire?

Usually one year after dispensing. You should not use them after they have expired.

Chinese Herbs & Allergic Reactions

The truth is any substance that comes in contact with our body can cause an allergic reaction. After practising and studying Chinese Herbs for over ten years I have only once ever came across an allergic reaction and it manifested as a mild rash. Ultimately, adverse reactions with Chinese Herbs are extremely rare. If you are unsure, stop drinking the Chinese Herbs and contact your practitioner.

Do I Keep Taking The Chinese Herbs If I Feel Better?

As consulted by your Chinese Herbalist, continue taking the Chinese Herbs until they are finished.

Can I Continue The Chinese Herbs If I Get Sick?

If you develop a cold or flu it is best to consult with Dr. Ilana to see if you can continue the formula. Usually it is best to stop until you are better again. You can contact Dr. Ilana for a quick scripts where she will quickly issue you a Chinese Herb formula for the acute sickness you have developed.

What Foods Or Drinks Do I Avoid When Taking Chinese Herbs?

Depending on your condition, it is wise to avoid very spicy, rich or greasy foods. In summary, all things in moderation.

Can I Drink Alcohol When Taking Chinese Herbs?

It depends what you are taking your herbs for. Ideally, alcohol is not recommended. Moderate your alcohol intake to a maximum of 2-3 glasses per week.

Can Medication Interact With Chinese Herbs

Yes, always inform Dr. Ilana Sowter of any medications you are taking. She can advise your GP on what Chinese Herbs you are taking. Always notify her of any new medications that you are taking so she can adjust your Herbs accordingly.

Can I Take My Vitamins & Supplements With Chinese Herbs?

Usually yes you can. If unsure, please confirm with Dr. Ilana.

Can I React To Chinese Herbs?

Sometimes a formula is too strong or doesn’t agree with you. The most common reported reaction is gastrointestinal upset such as bloating, indigestion or diarrhoea. This is easily fixed by modifying the formula with some digestive Herbs and taking the Herbs after meals rather than beforehand.

Do You Use Endangered Species or Animals?

Dr. Ilana Sowter uses Ko Da herbs which are the highest quality brand of Chinese Herbs available. She does not use nor endorse the use of endangered or prohibited species. Some animal products are used such as gelatin or oyster shell. If you object to this please let her know.


Dr. Ilana Sowter is a qualified and experienced Chinese Herbalist in Mairangi Bay, North Shore, Auckland. To contact Dr. Ilana regarding Chinese herbs call 020 4159 8393 or email

Ilana Sowter is an Acupuncturist