Chinese Herbal Medicine
We may offer you herbs in addition to your acupuncture treatment. Herbs can be used for a wide range of conditions, for example acute conditions such as allergies and common cold, or for long term use to enhance quality of life by enhancing the body's natural energies.
Chinese herbal medicine differs from Western herbal medicine in that herbs are almost always prescribed in a formulation and are rarely used separately. Herbs work synergistically together and we mix up a formula specifically for your condition. We offer convenient granuel herbs which are distilled from raw herbs, you simply add to hot water and stir. Customized herbal formulas empower you to take care of your health everyday.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is over 2,000 years old, though Chinese people have used medicinal substances from nature for many years before that. There are over 6,000 herbs in the Chinese Materia Medica. Herbs have been added over time incorporating herbs originating from SE Asia, India, the Middle East, and the America's. Most of the herbs are plants, while some are minerals or animal products. We use only high quality herbs, approved by the FDA, that are available for purchase only by licensed professionals and to patients through prescription.
Herbs may be taken in a few different ways, either in pill form, powdered, or bulk.
Pills, also known as patents, are the most convenient, yet weakest form of herbs. Since they are pre-made by our supplier tea pills are formulated to treat general and common conditions. They have a high rate of compliance due to their convenience, and are a good choice if you don't have the time or just don't enjoy drinking tea.
Powdered herbs are tiny herbs granuels that have been distilled from the tea of bulk herbs. You simply add a few measured scoops of the powder to hot water and drink, usually 2-3 times a day. Granuel formulas are customized specifically to meet the needs of your body's natural tendencies and to treat your current condition. They are, in general, more effective than tea pills
Bulk herbs are the nearest to the plants as they exist in nature. Often they are treated to increase their safety and effectiveness, which is why they are not called 'raw' herbs. When taken internally bulk herbs are the strongest acting and in flavor. If given bulk herbs you will need to prepare the decoction at home by boiling the herbs you are given. Currently we carry bulk herbs for topical use focusing on the treatment of dermatological conditions. Soaks and washes for eczema and psoriasis are excellent for healing the skin, reliving itching, and cleansing bacteria and fungus.
Herbs are especially effective for:
- Women's health
- Irregular menstruation
- Pre-menstrual symptoms
- Menstrual pain
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Colds and flu prevention and recovery - Allergies
- Upset stomach - Nausea
- Pneumonia and Bronchitis - Dermatology