Herbal medicine is a very safe and effective way to treat a wide range of physical and psychological complaints. It has been used reliably for thousands of years, and its effectiveness is backed by documented clinical case studies and modern scientific research. It can be used in conjunction with other modalities to create an enhanced, synergistic healing effect. Herbal medicine can be dispensed as tablets, capsules, prepared herb granules that you mix with hot water, or a pre-cooked liquid tea, packaged in individual servings.
Chinese herbal medicine has been studied, developed, and utilized for thousands of years, and it has evolved through time to meet the needs of each generation. Modern scientific research continues to add to this vast wealth of knowledge and help us gain better understanding how medicinal herbs can be used to address modern day disease and illnesses. From rather simple concoctions to more complex and incredibly detailed therapeutic tools, it is a sophisticated healing art.
Chinese herbs are usually combined into comprehensive formulas containing about 12-14 different herbs. The formulas are designed to deliver a chemical signal to the body, which not only treats symptoms, but also helps to resolve the root cause of disease, improve the function of the internal organs, and restore balance to the entire body. The reason herbs are generally not taken as individual substances is because, in a formula, the herbs work together, each one responsible for a different function, to treat the whole body. For example, think of this in terms of an herbal formula being like a soup. You cannot determine which single ingredient makes the soup tasty and nutritious. It is the combination of many ingredients, cooked together in one pot, that makes the soup more nourishing and taste good. Just as one needs a balanced diet containing different foods, herbal formulas are simply more powerful and effective than any single herb taken on its own.
Chinese herbal medicine can have powerful effects. It is a complex art that requires years of study and training. While herbs are considered ‘natural medicine’, they can cause adverse effects if incorrectly administered. For this reason, it is very important that a qualified and licensed practitioner in Chinese medicine prescribe your herbs for you. This way, a safe and effective formula, which addresses your particular, unique condition and body type can be provided. Do not try to self-prescribe herbal formulas or rely on the advice of a well-meaning friend or store clerk.