What is it?
Chinese herbal medicine is used in conjunction with acupuncture and holds an equally important part of Traditional Chinese medicine. It is a complex and balanced system developed from experienced Chinese practitioners from over 5,000 years ago. The art of prescribing herbal formulations comes with clinical experience and has withstood the test of time. Used for both prevention and treatment, Chinese herbal medicine is one of the oldest and safest systems of medicine.
There are more than 450 substances commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine which include different types of flowers, roots, bark, minerals and some animal substances. Some herbs may be found in your kitchen- such as cinnamon (Rou Gui), and ginger (Sheng Jiang).
How Does It Work?
The key to Chinese herbal medicine is that each formula is balanced and has a synergistic effect that reflects the holistic nature of the diagnosis. A well-constructed formula targets the condition while counteracting or minimizing the unwanted side effects of an individual herb. Chinese herbal medicine often requires close supervision and must be frequently adjusted as the individual improves to support the dynamic process of healing and recovery. Chinese herbal medicine can enhance and strengthen normal body processes such as the immune system, alleviate pain and promote a sense of well-being.