FAQs

herbs &

essential oils

Most forms of medication once began from something natural, then adulterated to be able to patent.  Thus, more side effects arose.  Nature simply untouched or minimally altered works more effectively and synergistically in our bodies.

 

Dried Herbal extracts are encapsulated to provide complete herbal formulas.

Chinese Herbalists take into account the differential characteristics of each patient and creates a formula to fit individual needs.

 

In order to get the most out of Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbal medicine, it is important to support the treatment at home with proper diet and lifestyle.  In Chinese Medicine there is a saying, "Seven parts nursing, three parts treatment."  Nursing means proper diet and lifestyle modifications.  Treatment means the Oriental Medicine protocols.

 

Remember balance and moderation is essential.

What is Chinese herbal medicine?

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world. The literate tradition of case histories extends back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Therapeutic categories include digestives, materials that improve circulation, nervous system calming agents, antimicrobials and more.

 

How does Chinese herbal medicine differ from pharmaceutical drugs? 

 

Many pharmaceuticals are derived from herbal medicine. However, drugs usually rely on singular molecular compounds, many of which are isolated extracts of the plants’ active ingredients. Using the whole plant in herbal medicine is more balanced and less likely to cause side effects. Chinese herbs are usually prescribed in combination to increase the efficacy of the formula and help decrease any possible side effects. Most importantly, for an herbalist, the goal of treatment is not to simply relieve symptoms but to treat the internal imbalance at the root of the problem.

 

I take pharmaceutical drugs—can I still take Chinese herbs? 

It is very important to let your practitioner know about any pharmaceuticals that you are currently taking. In most cases, taking Chinese herbs is not contraindicated for people who are also taking pharmaceutical drugs. There are some exceptions to this, however, so it is very important to only take herbs that have been prescribed by a licensed practitioner.

 

What can Chinese herbal medicine help with?

 

Chinese herbal medicine can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including, but not limited to: 

 

Skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, and hives,

Gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and ulcerative colitis,

 

Gynecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, and infertility,

 

Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, and allergies,

 

Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis),

 

Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis,

 

Psychological issues (e.g. depression, stress, and anxiety).

 

How long will I need to take Chinese herbs? 

 

This can vary on a case-by-case basis. Generally, if an acute condition is being treated, you can expect to see results fairly quickly using herbs. If the condition is more chronic, you may need to take the herbs for a longer 

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