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Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body. It is a complete medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Disease is seen as a state of imbalance and disharmony.

  • TCM puts together all the different signs and symptoms of ill health until a picture of the whole person appears and a TCM differentiation is formed. These signs and symptoms may not be regarded as problems in themselves, but as warning signs, pointing to imbalances in the patient. This piecing together is the very essence of TCM. There are five modalities that are generally considered the core healing aspects of TCM: Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping massage, nutritional therapy, and life style recommendation.

  • What is Chinese herbal medicine?

    Chinese herbal medicine is one of many important modalities within the scope of Traditional Chinese medicine. Natural herbs have been selected and used to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Vegetable, animal and minerals are being used but the vast majority of Chinese herbs are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. Herbal medicine acts gently by supporting whole body systems and processes what have become deficient and helps to remove excesses in the body.

     

    Chinese herb vs. Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are both branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each has different strengths, and the two work very well together. Acupuncture is well known for its ability to treat musculoskeletal injuries, eliminate pain, speed healing and increase functionality of acute or chronically injured tissue and injuries.

  • Acupuncture is also well known for stress relief and relaxation. It is less well known that Chinese herbal medicine can also help with these complaints, and that herbal medicine is especially well suited for the treatment of internal medical conditions, ranging from colds and coughs to gynecological complaints to digestive disorders. Recently the Western world has started to obtain a public awareness of this 3000+ year old tradition.

     

    What are the benefits of Chinese herbs?

    The World Health Organization has created a long list of conditions for which Chinese Medicine is appropriate, including:

    • Colds , Flu, Bronchitis
    • Asthma
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Ulcers, Colitis, Indigestion, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea, Constipation
    • Diabetes
    • Ringing of ears, Poor eyesight, Dizziness
    • Sinus infections, Sore throat, Eczema, Acne, Arthritis
    • Sciatica, Back pain, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Stiff neck
    • Bell’s Palsy, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Sprains
    • Impotence, Infertility, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Vaginitis
    • Irregular menses or cramping
    • Morning sickness
    • Pre and post-natal care
    • Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia, S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

     

    Are Chinese herbs safe?

    The safety of Chinese herbs lies in proper dosing and proper prescribing. It is easy to go to the local health food store and do it yourself, but, at the same time, that can be dangerous or at the very least you may get no results. Herbs are medicine and should be taken under the supervision of a well-trained herbalist. Only after a thorough history and intake will we arrive at a diagnosis specific to your condition.

  • The herbs used most frequently here are in a concentrated powder form. This powder is simply added to warm water to make a tea. It is very easy and effective. Typically, I recommend the herbs to be taken 2 to 3 times per day. The herbs we use are free of aristolochic acid, and are screened for pesticides, bacteria, and heavy metal such as arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, and sulfur dioxide.

     

    Why Chinese herbs are always mixed in formula?

    Chinese herbalists usually do not prescribe single herb for their patients. Herbal formula is always prescribed in a combination of 8 to 15 herbs. Similar function herbs are used to increase and strengthen the therapeutic effect while one or two herbs are used to eliminate side effects of another herb in the formula.

  • Chinese herbal formulas work to not only help relieve symptoms, but also to help restore the balance within the body. That is why we often modify the herbal formula as treatment progresses. Since the body starts to get better, the herbs are then modified accordingly to meet the changing needs of the body. These modifications usually occur weekly at the beginning of the treatment regime.