Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a major and very important aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each herb consists of its own individual properties including temperature, taste, and functions. Trained Herbalists have spent much time learning these properties to know exactly how to construct formula decoctions to benefit each individual patient’s needs.
The herbs are primarily plant based, though some animal and mineral substances may also be used (Please let your practitioner know if you have any food restrictions or allergies). Some herbs are even found in your kitchen, such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, and turmeric.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is effective for treating a wide range of chronic and acute health problems. Herbs are wonderful for treating illnesses, achieving optimal health, and preventing disease or illness.
Herbs can be prepared as teas, powders, pills or capsules, liquid extracts, pastes, or lotions depending on the herb and its intended usage. More explanation on herbal preparation below:
Decoctions - The most traditional method of preparing herbal formulas in China. Usually consists of about 9-18 raw/whole herbs that are boiled making a ‘tea’ of herbs.
Patents - Many great herbal formula manufacturers provide pre-made formulas in pills and capsules ready for consumption by patients. Patents are typically easy and convenient for the patient.
Herbal Extracts - Chinese herbal decoctions that have been condensed into a granular or powder form. These are similar to the patent form as far as ease and convenience.
Herbal Liniments - salves, compresses, plasters, and liquids that are used as external applications.