Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is a holistic approach to healing
that focuses on an individual's pattern and disease diagnosis. A patient
receives a custom herbal formula designed to treat their individual
pattern, as well as their underlying symptoms. Chinese herbal medicine
treats a full range of diseases and is an extremely important
accompaniment to the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture--especially
because it is effective in the promotion of the body's ability to heal
and recover from illness. Typically, Chinese herbal medicine can be used
to treat the following ailments:
* acute disease, like intestinal flu and the common cold
* chronic diseases such as allergies, gynecological disorders, auto-immune disorders, and chronic viral disorders
* degenerative diseases due to
The range of herbs used in Chinese medicine may include
vegetable, animal, and mineral ingredients; however, the majority of
ingredients are from vegetable sources. Herbs are customarily derived
from leaves, flowers, branches, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes and bark.
Endangered species are never used, and most practitioners make an
effort to utilize sustainable, locally harvested herbs. While herbs that
are utilized in treatments are not expressly from China, they are
referred to as "Chinese" because they are prescribed in accordance with
the fundamental principles of Chinese curative theory.
herbal medicine is most commonly taken in decoction tea form, a
preparation that ensues from boiling selected raw herbs. Herbal pills
and powder extracts are also popular forms of Chinese herbal medicine.
Any of these forms can be administered for either acute or chronic
conditions, so it is best to speak with a practitioner to determine
the best form for your ailment.
Typically, results for acute
conditions can be experienced in a matter of minutes; however, for
chronic conditions, results are most tangible within two weeks and may
require taking herbs for a longer period of time.