Chinese Herbal Medicine is the most common form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). For centuries, practitioners of TCM have relied on herbs and plants, in combination with mind-body practices, for health and wellbeing.
TCM centers around the balance within the body, most particularly with the five organs that make up the zang — heart, lungs, spleen, liver, and kidneys. While we refer to the organ by the anatomical name given to it in Western medicine, in TCM the definition is not as rigid, instead referring more to the body’s functions.
As with acupuncture, TCM seeks to find the underlying cause (or imbalance) that is at the root of any physical issue. If the problem is digestive, for example, the treatment will be geared towards restoring balance in the spleen.
Of course, the use of herbs is not strictly a Chinese practice.The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of people worldwide rely on herbal medicine as part of their personal health care regimen.
Chinese Herbs are taken either in small doses as preventative medicine or in larger doses for an acute or chronic illness. They can be used to treat a variety of symptoms at once since they are combined with the patient's particular concerns and patterns in mind.
After your initial visit we may suggest a course of herbs as a supplement to your acupuncture treatments to harmonize your system. Leaves, roots, stems, flowers and seeds are combined as teas or capsules. In addition to herbal formulas, our pharmacy also contains topical liniments that can help with aches and pains, as well as eczema and psoriasis.
If we feel that we require more time to speak with you about an herbal suggestion we will recommend coming in for a session that includes an herbal consult.