Herbal medicine is a key aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and can greatly improve the results of acupuncture treatment. Chinese herbs are becoming more popular in North America because they are a natural and effective way of dealing with a number of health concerns such as Colds and Flu, PMS, Allergies, Infertility, Muscle/Joint Pain, Addictions and Stress to name but a few.
In Western medicine pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed to treat a specific disease. Chinese herbal formulas treat the whole patient by correcting the specific imbalance and strengthening the body's immune system.
Most Chinese herbs originate from the foods we eat – berries, plant leaves, seeds, roots, flowers, and so on. The herbs are a little stronger than ordinary food in both taste and smell. Each herb has its own therapeutic properties. When combined properly in a formula they address a number of key issues that are at the root of a particular disease.
The herbal formulas are offered in easy-to-swallow tablets or capsules which are taken with water or mixed with hot water to make a tea. A specific formula is often designed to meet the patient's needs. In other cases, one or more off-the-shelf formulas are used without modification.
The outcome is monitored to determine whether to continue with the current formula, change to another, or discontinue its use. A Health Status Consultation is required to determine the best herbal remedies for your condition.
Chinese herbs can be used safely and effectively with Western medical practices, both conventional and alternative