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Chinese Herbs

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine ?

Chinese herbal medicine is the oldest and most comprehensive form of herbal medicine in the world.  It is derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources.  The use of these substances can be traced back to 1,000 BC.  Over the past 5000 years, along with acupuncture, it is a main component of traditional Chinese medicine.  It has been used to cure diseases and alleviate discomfort due to many disorders.

Chinese herbal medicine is most commonly used with acupuncture treatments to accelerate and maintain the therapeutic effects of the treatment.   Furthermore Chinese herbal medicine may be used to treat conditions that are not as effectively treated by acupuncture.  The herbs  are in the form of decoctions (a form of herbal teas), granule powers, tablets , capsules, lotions, or creams.

What is the difference between Chinese and Western herbs ?

A Chinese herbal formula has as many as 10-25 different herbs to treat disorders of a patient, while Western herbal medicine tends to use one or two herbs to treat just a specific symptom. The Chinese herbs are selected to work synergistically to treat the whole person.  In traditional Chinese medicine, due to our diagnostic system, we are trained to see a person's whole constitution (the health of his whole body) and treat the root (or cause) of health problems along with the symptoms. 

Are Chinese herbs safe ?

One of the most appealing of Chinese herbal medicine is the low risk of adverse reaction or side effects.   Chinese herbal medicine uses all the constituents of the plant, including the cellulose.  The herb is completely balanced, and therefore has minimal side effects.  The most commonly reported adverse reaction is minor gastrointestinal upset.   If you do notice any side effects, please stop taking your herbs and consult your acupuncturist right away.

What is Chinese herbal formula ?

Chinese herbs are rarely prescribed alone in traditional Chinese medicine.  For thousands of years, we have been using Chinese herbal medicine. We have a system of using several different herbs together.  The herbs can be used to enhance the strengths and reduce the side effects of each other.  The combination of substances in a formula creates a new therapeutic agent that can treat much more effectively and completely for a specific person's conditions.

How to prepare Chinese Herbs for  decoction (Brewing Herbal teas) ?

Traditionally, a special glazed herbal cooker is used but any ceramic, stainless steel, or glass pot , or crock-pot (slow cooker) will do.  Place the herbs in water.  The water should cover the herbs by 2 inches.  Allow the herbs to soak for 20 minutes.  Bring the water to a rolling boil.  Then, turn down the heat to a low simmer and cover for 30 minutes or longer.  Skim the tea and store in a refrigerator container in the refrigerator.  Drink 1 cup 2 times a day after meal.  If you are taking medication, drink the tea at least 1 hour before or after.  After straining the tea, and cook the same herbs a second time.  It is common to find the taste of the tea disagreeable.  Mostly your body get used to the taste.  If you find the taste so unpalatable that you can't drink the tea.  We will give you another form of herbs for you.

Do you select good quality Chinese herbs and high standards ?

The Chinese herbs that we use are of the highest potency, quality, and safety.  We only use herbs from manufacturers that are certified as having Good Manufacturing Practice  (GMP) standard- a strict international standards of manufacturing even more strict than in the U.S. with regards to the processing the herbs.  We do not use endangered species (plant or animal) and promote wild life conservation through the use of surrogate natural substances.