Chinese Herbs are seen as the cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese Herbal treatment effects change in the body – thereby reinforcing the changes begun by acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture and Herbs work together for the strongest results.
Over four hundred individual herbs have been identified and used in the Chinese Herbal Pharmacopeias. These include flowers, roots, barks, peels and fruits, each with its own properties and pharmacological actions. In fact, Modern Chinese researchers continue to prove in the laboratory biochemical effects which had been observed and experienced clinically for several thousand years.
These herbs are carefully combined with each individual patient in mind. Herbs are grouped according to a patient’s signs and symptoms – and based on how well they work together best affect the patient’s health.
After the herbalist has a thorough picture of your health, he or she will recommend an individualized herbal program for you to follow. Traditionally, herbs have been administered in several different forms. They have been boiled in water and taken as tea, made into pills, tinctures, powders, and as topical plasters. Today, herbal companies have developed other forms (capsules, tablets, granular teas) that are more convenient and palatable.
Fewer Side Effects: Chinese herbal treatments are taken in a natural and whole food form. For example, teas are decocted from whole roots, stems, and leaves, and capsules are filled with crushed whole food material. Chemical medicines are made by locating active chemical compounds and creating medicines from these compounds. When reduced to its chemical fundamentals, pharmaceuticals can have side effects. When used appropriately, most Chinese herbal treatments will cause no side effects, if they are used in their whole food form. Because TCM treatments have not been reduced to their active compounds, they must be consumed in larger quantities and more frequently than most chemical pharmaceuticals.
Again, herbal formulas are chosen and designed for each individual patient.