Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine draws from a vast pharmacopeia of over 5,000 herbs, minerals and animal products. These herbs can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture.

Chinese herbs are mostly plant or mineral based materials that are usually combined into formulas.  Herbs can be leaves, stems, twigs, roots, flowers and the seeds of plants.  Some examples of familiar herbs that are used in Chinese herbal medicine include ginger root (warms the lungs, helps stop bleeding, transforms phlegm), mint (helps sore throat, headaches, clears rashes, e.g.), garlic (aids fighting infections, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing of blood, helps reduce high cholesterol), and cinnamon bark (helps stop wheezing, encourages generation of qi and blood).  Chinese herbal formulas typically contain between 15 – 20 herbs and are designed to address a patient’s specific “pattern” and symptoms.  The herbal formula prescription takes into account a person’s overall constitution and addresses both the causes of and symptoms of an individual’s illness or condition.  Both children and adults can safely take herbal formulas.   When prescribed by a licensed, qualified herbal medicine practitioner, Chinese herbal formulas are very safe and have few side effects.  Chinese herbs can be used to treat many different conditions, ranging from asthma, to arthritis to fertility challenges, digestive issues and more.  Formulas are usually administered in capsule, powder or tincture formula, depending on patient preference.

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