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What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine is an ancient medicine that has been practiced and well documented for thousands of years. The contemporary Chinese Materia Medica records a collection of 5,767 different medicinal substances, which are mainly comprised of roots, barks, branches, leaves, flowers, and seeds. Occasionally mineral and animal substances will be used. Chinese herbal medicine is a powerful therapy that regulates and restores the internal balance of body systems. It is best combined with acupuncture and positive lifestyle adjustments.

What can Chinese herbs treat?

Chinese herbs treat a variety of symptoms and illnesses. The goal of a Chinese herbal formula is to alleviate symptoms and also get to the root of the problem by restoring the balance of internal organ function. Herbal medicine is known for treating chronic illnesses including immune deficiency, hormone imbalance, and pain. Chinese herbs may also be used to address acute conditions such as the common cold or may be used prophylactically to prevent illness and promote longevity.

Common conditions that Chinese herbs treat:

  • Emotional - Stress, anxiety, insomnia, foggy headed, low energy
  • Digestive -  Poor digestion, constipation
  • Hormonal -  PMS, irregular menses, infertility, menopausal symptoms, pain
  • Seasonal - Cold, flu, allergies, immune deficiency

How is Chinese Herbal Medicine consumed? How do the herbs taste?

Chinese Herbal Medicine comes in 3 forms: decoctions, pills, and granules. We use top quality, concentrated herb granules for your convenience, which you simply dissolve in a small amount of water and drink as a tea. The taste of the herbal formula wil vary depending on the conditions that are being treated.

Are herbs safe? Can I take them with my other medications?

Chinese herbal formulas are generally safe and have few to no side-effects. In fact, Chinese herbs often alleviate the side effects of other medications. Since caution should be taken when prescribing or dosing any medication, we require a thorough health history and current list of medications – prescription or OTC – to confirm the safety of taking Chinese medicine. It is advised that Chinese herbs be taken at least 2-3 hours before or after your other medications to avoid herb-drug interaction.

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