Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a major aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, which focuses on restoring a balance of energy, body, and spirit to maintain health as well as treating a particular disease or medical condition.  Herbs are used with the goal of restoring balance either by nourishing the body or clearing toxicity.

 

 


 

What does it involve?

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In China, more than 3,200 herbs and 300 mineral and animal extracts are used in more than 400 different formulas.  Herbal formulations may consist of 4 to 12 different ingredients, to be taken in the form of teas, powders, pills, tinctures, or syrups.  Chinese herbal remedies are usually made up of a number of herbs and mineral and animal extracts.  Typically, 1 or 2 herbs are included that are said to have the greatest effect on the problem being treated.  Other ingredients in the formula treat minor aspects of the problem, direct the formula to specific parts of the body, and help the other herbs work more efficiently.

With the increase in popularity of herbal medicine, many Chinese herbs are now sold individually and in formulas.  In the United States, Chinese herbs and herbal formulas may be purchased in health food stores, some pharmacies, and from herbal medicine practitioners.

Before choosing a mixture of herbs for a patient, the traditional Chinese practitioner will typically ask about symptoms and examine the patient, often focusing on the skin, hair, tongue, eyes, pulse, and voice, in order to detect imbalances in the body.

 

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?hands honding bowl with herbs

Chinese Medicine has been used as front line medicine by the majority of the world’s population since before recorded history and is still the most widely utilized medical system in the world today.  Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are extremely rare and are negligible when compared to those commonly produced by pharmaceutical drugs.

 

What are the Herbs like and How Much Will They Cost?

Herbs are now available in a number of formats, both traditional and modern.  The herbs will taste unusual at first to anyone who has not tried them before, but most people will get used to the taste very quickly.  There are no standard prices for treatment or herbs.  This will depend on the individual practitioner and the part of the country you are in.  You should inquire about charges when making your appointment.  Many private health insurance companies are now covering acupuncture and a few will also covers herbal treatment.  Contact your insurance company to check.

 

Who Can Have Treatment?

People of any age or constitution can employ Chinese Herbal Medicine. Your practitioner will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before providing treatment.  Children and pregnant women can be, and commonly are, cared for by Chinese Herbal Medicine.

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