How does Chinese Herbal Medicine work?
Chinese herbal medicines treat the underlying causes of illness rather than individual symptoms. At the Acupuncture Work1s, we apply a holistic approach to the use of herbs to address physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Once our practitioner has assessed a patient’s specific needs, a formula is prescribed to stimulate the body’s natural healing powers. While most over-the-counter herbal products can only address physical ailments with standardized, pre-formulated dosing, This focus on individualization puts the patient’s specific needs in the forefront, and just as importantly, takes into consideration any possible interactions with prescribed medications.
Herbs used in Chinese medicine
Chinese herbal medicines are mainly plant-based, but some preparations include minerals or animal products. They can be packaged as powders, pastes, lotions or tablets, depending on the herb and its intended use. Different herbs have different properties and can balance particular parts of the body. Prescribing a particular herb or concoction of herbs means the practitioner’s diagnosis has to take into account the state of the patient’s Yin and Yang, and the elements that are governing the affected organs.
Benefits of Herbal Medicine
The most valuable benefit of an herbal consultant is specifically designed to address each person’s unique set of needs. You can benefit if you are:
- Looking for greater balance and harmony
- A person with an acute or chronic condition such as allergies, asthma, migraines, IBS, and insomnia
- Someone with emotional challenges such as anxiety, stress, fear, addictions, anger, grief, or depression
- Looking for caring and compassionate practitioners who listen
- Ready for an alternative, yet proven solution to health issues.
Our dispensary stocks many commonly used formulas in tablet, capsule, and pill form. We purchase high-quality prepared formulas from GMP certified Chinese herbal companies. Prepared herbs cannot be modified for the individual patient, but are popular because of their convenience.
Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and should be treated with the same caution and respect. Some herbs can be toxic in high doses, while others can cause allergic reactions. Make sure your practitioner is fully qualified. Never abandon your regular medication or alter the dose without the knowledge and approval of your doctor.