Why Use Chinese Herbs?

Chinese herbs are a healthy choice to harmonize the systems of your body naturally and are something you can implement daily. They can be used in conjunction with acupuncture for a more comprehensive approach or on their own. 

 

You are designed uniquely and your “unique design”, or “constitutional tendencies” alter the approach when customizing an herbal formula to you, whereas Western medicine is a “one size fits all” approach. This is the amazing feature of this medicine, as it can provide effective and ongoing support for your health and wellness, NOT in "cookie-cutter" fashion. 

How Do Chinese Herbs Work?

Herbs are innately intelligent. They differ from Western medicines in that they have a blend of compounds and properties that regulate the body systems by building weaknesses, taking away what is excessive and finding optimal strategies to balance and harmonize. In other words, they target the issue and supply what is necessary to correct it. This differs from Western drugs because drugs are designed target specific actions of cells and coerce them to specific actions. 

Chinese herbal medicine utilizes ancient knowledge because Chinese medicine has been in development for at least 2,000 years. Therefore, “Classic Formulas” have been developed that have stood the test of time. These classic formulas can be altered and customized to your unique profile when using granular (powdered) herbs. Patent herbs are in pill or tablet form. These cannot be customized, but are extremely effective, and for some patients, a much easier way to take herbs.  

 

Herbs have a short “half-life” compared to Western medicine drugs. Half-life is defined as the length of time required for the concentration of a substance to decrease to half amount of its starting dose in the body. This means that for optimal results, herbs are taken several times per day, whereas a drug stays in the body for a longer period and may need to be dosed less frequently. 

 

What Else Is Good to Understand About Chinese Herbs?

Chinese herbs are medicine. When taking Chinese herbs in granular form, which are combined with water to create a tea, it is good to know that "good medicine can taste bad". That being said, sometimes it is delicious to you, and other times it is an "acquired taste". Chinese herbs have properties of sweetness, pungent, astringent and bitter to promote specific functions of your tissues and organs, and the tastes reflect this variety. 
 

There are different ways to ingest Chinese herbs: 1) As tablets or tea-pills, 2) Tinctures, 3) Granular herbal formulas, and 4) Loose herbs 

We have a full dispensary of granular (powdered) Chinese herbs to create customized formulas for our patients. This is easier than cooking the loose herbs and still allows for customization. 

We also have patent formulas which are in tablet or pill form, as well as herbal tinctures. These herbal tinctures are used for fertility treatments.  

What Issues Do Chinese Herbs Treat?

There is a large range of issues that Chinese herbs are used to treat.

 

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

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