• Herbal Medicine

  • What is Chinese herbal medicine?

    Chinese herbal medicine dates back to 1,000 BC. It consists of over 5,000 substances derived from plant, animal and mineral sources. Herbal medicine is powerful and highly versatile in it’s ability to treat a variety of diseases.

    Traditionally, herbs were boiled with water and made into a tea which was consumed throughout the day. In modern society, capsules, tablets and powdered granules are the preferred methods of administration.

    Herbal formulas are made by selecting individual herbs for their specific function. Herbs are combined to enhance the effectiveness of the herb combinations and to minimize the side effects of each other. Therefore, a balanced formula emerges that can treat much more effectively than a single herb. When Chinese herbs are prescribed by your acupuncturist, they are in the form of a balanced formula.

    Safety of Chinese herbs

    There is a low risk of side effects from taking Chinese herbs. The most common adverse side effect is minor gastrointestinal upset. If this occurs, please stop taking your herbal medicine and contact your acupuncturist.

    There are increasing concerns of herb-drug interactions. Therefore, please be detailed and inform your acupuncturist of all pharmaceutical medications and supplements that you are taking. Also, please keep your acupuncturist informed of any changes to this list.

    Quality of Chinese herbs

    We purchase Chinese herbs that are manufactured in laboratories that meet or exceed the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). GMP guidelines ensure that a food or drug product is safe for human consumption through manufacturing, testing, and quality assurance.

    Good manufacturing practices are overseen by regulatory agencies in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and other countries.