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Herbs are an vital part of Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical science with a thourough understanding of physiology, its own diagnostic techniques, and treatment modalities which include Acupuncture and herbal prescriptions. The cornerstone of TCM is Chinese herbology, which has a 2,000 year history of continual evolution and success. It is one of the most sophisticated clinical systems in the world for analyzing patterns of ill health and treating them successfully
We recommend herbs to most of our patients because they significantly increase the overall effectiveness of the treatments. Chinese herbs can alleviate a wide variety of symptoms when used with Acupuncture or by themselves. This is why we use herbs exclusively for some patients, especially children. Herbal treatments are a very cost effective treatment option for most people, especially those who want to avoid or get off of prescription medication.
Unlike Western herbology, which promotes single herbs with singular benefits, Chinese herbology uses herbs in combination to treat multiple disorders. The Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia also contains numerous herbal formulas for tonifying the energy and vitality of the human physiology, something that is not readily available in Western herbology. Herbs are very powerful, but to be effective they must be prescribed on an individual basis. For instance, Golden Seal is effective for some types of colds, but could actually cause a cold in certain types of people. The important thing with herbs is a proper diagnosis and an individualized prescription.
An important feature of Chinese Herbal medicine is the use of combinations of 6-12 herbs together as a formula. Chinese herbal formulas have synergistic combinations of active ingredients that produce a powerful treatment effect, while other herbs in the formula balance the treatment effects so that there are little to no side effects. A good herbal formula may treat several symptoms at once because it is for each unique person and their specific condition.