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Why Should I Take Chinese Herbal Medicine?

  • Most importantly, it is a safe alternative to Western pharmacology with very few, if any, side effects.
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine is a complete medical system, time tested, and able to treat a full range of disease.
  • It treats acute conditions such as common cold, stomach flu, diarrhea, and Bell's Palsy type conditions to name a few.
  • Chronic illness responds well to Chinese Herbal Medicine as it strengthens the body's systems and promotes well-being.

Are There Side Effects From Chinese Herbal Medicine?

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine has extremely low side effect/toxicity rate.
  • This does not mean they are not potent or dangerous, but rather when correctly combined by a certified practitioner the herbal formula is balanced to guard against any ill effect.
  • This is one area where Eastern and Western medicine cross over. Western pharmaceutical drugs are very powerful, but they often damage other systems as they work.
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine can help to relieve the patient of some of these side effects.

Who Can Benefit from Chinese Herbal Medicine?

  • Everyone!
    • Young and old, pregnant women, newborns and children.
    • Herbal medicine is good for an infant with irritability caused by teething, colic, diarrhea, fever and respiratory conditions.
    • Children's conditions such as cough, poor appetite, measles, enuresis, urinary tract and throat infections can all be addressed by Chinese Herbal Medicine and if necessary, acupuncture.
    • For infants and children the dosage is decreased.

    How Do I Take Chinese Herbal Medicine?

    • The best method is to cook the herbal formula in water and drink it as a decoction/tea. This "loose" herb format allows the herbalist to have maximum control over the formula to suit the patient's individual condition. This is the best method to take herbs.
    • The decoctions often taste bitter and are somewhat time consuming to prepare, but well worth the effort.
    • Granules are pre-cooked and freeze-dried herbs. These are mixed with hot water and taken immediately. They are quick and easy to prepare.
    • Patent or pill form is good for people too busy to cook, travelers, chronic illnesses and of course, children.

    What Type of Substances Are Used?

    • The majority are of plant origin. A formula may contain flowers, leaves, stems, bark, rhizomes and roots or any combination thereof.
    • Most herbs are dried, some are steamed, baked, or cooked with ginger.
    • There are some animal products such as horn, bone, and in some cases entire insects.
    • We also use shells such as oyster and abalone, pearl, and some minerals: calcium, alum, and fluorite, to name a few.

    How Soon Will I See Results?

    • For acute cases relief can be immediate or within a few hours of drinking the tea.
    • Chronic conditions require longer treatment time.
    • In some conditions the body must be strengthened before we proceed to the main complaint.
    • General signs of progress and improvement are seen soon, usually within a few weeks after beginning treatment.

    Will I Have To Take Them Always?

    • In general, the answer is no. Chinese Herbal Medicine searches for the "root" cause of the condition and attempts to affect change at this level, rather than treat the "branches" or symptoms.
    • If we address the root cause then the symptoms are cleared as a result.

    Chinese Herbology

    is rooted within the same philosophical theories of Yin and Yang and the 5 Elements that build the basis of Chinese medical theory. A variety of herbs, roots and/or minerals are combined in order to regulate the Yin/Yang within the body, clearing away excess or deficiency in an effort to recreate balance within the body. Chinese herbs can have a strong effect especially in conjunction with Acupuncture. Their therapeutic effects are often important in acute as well as chronic disease. In some severe cases Chinese herbology will add animal products {Vegan requirements are of course considered}.