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What Is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is a significant aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can be integrated into any treatment plan. It is often used with acupuncture to enhance the treatments or to address secondary conditions that are more responsive to herbal medicine. Today, many integrative practices turn to Chinese herbs because of their vast scope of influence, rich written heritage, progressive clinical research, and modern application. Incorporating herbal medicine into your treatment plan is a fantastic way of enhancing & extending the benefits you'll receive from acupuncture.

What Are Chinese Herbs?

Chinese Herbs are substances derived from predominantly plant and mineral sources, many of which you will recognize such as ginseng, ginger, cinnamon, and astragalus. Rarely, animal sources are used but we always adhere to the highest environmental and animal protection policies. There are thousands of substances included in our Materia Medica, and we are rigorously trained in their uses, dosages, safety, and potential pharmaceutical interactions.

Balanced formulas rather than single ingredients work synergistically to harmonize your unique constitution. You can depend on your practitioner's extensive training in the thousands of substances in the TCM pharmacopeia when prescribing a customized formula for your specific condition.

How Do I take them?

Herbal Medicine is incorporated into your treatment as a decoction, which is a medicinal tea. This is by far the most effective and potent way to use herbs medicinally.  Unlike other forms of herbs and supplements, which may include pre-made pills with fillers, decoctions are naturally sourced directly from the earth without the synthetic adulterations other supplements undergo in laboratories.

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