Herbal Medicine
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 aging

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.

Chinese 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. 
Lydia Akhzar, L.Ac. | 3106 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA 94123 | 415.299.1426
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