Herbal Medicine is becoming more popular in North America as a natural, non-invasive, and effective way of dealing with many common health concerns such as infertility, allergies, colds and flu, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
Western pharmaceutical drugs capitalize on a single biologically active ingredient to produce specific physiological effects. This accounts for their potency as well as for their adverse side effects. Unfortunately, drugs may control symptoms, but often do not treat the pathological process responsible for the person’s disease.
In fact, in many cases drugs can weaken the body systems involved in the disorder. For example, diuretics rid the body of excess fluid, yet their long-term use damages the kidneys which play an important role in balancing body fluids.
Most herbs originate from the foods we eat – berries, bark, plant leaves, seeds, roots, flowers, and so on. The herbs are a little stronger than ordinary food in their effect on the body. When combined in a formula they address many key issues that are at the root of the disease. In addition, the active ingredients are embedded within the whole plant. Therefore, patients rarely experience any adverse side effects as the body accepts the natural medicine more readily.
A Health Status Consultation based on Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic principles determines the best herbal remedies for one’s condition. The herbal formulas are available in easy-to-swallow tablets or capsules which are taken with water or mixed with hot water into a tea. Under the direction of a trained herbalist, herbal medicine can be used safely and effectively with most Western medical practices.