Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine is based on extensive, scholarly documents written over many centuries. One of the main texts, the Shang Han Lun, written in 220AD, is still the basis for many effective herbal treatments. Chinese herbal medicine requires extensive study. There are different approaches one can use to determine which herbs, out of thousands, to select. One of these methods is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

 The herbs are used together in groups, called formulas, to treat specific disease patterns. A formula may have a number of individual herbs mixed in specific ratios that compliment each other. In order to match your pattern of symptoms with the right formula, a detailed analysis is required, which is called the ‘pattern differentiation’. This might involve reviewing your symptoms, your response to acupuncture, your unique constitution, as well as examining your tongue, pulse, and abdomen. The formula is custom made to fit each individual, in the situation they are in, at a specific time. 

 The prescribed herbs are dissolved in hot water to make a tea, which you drink at certain intervals, such as three times a day. Taken as instructed, they are very safe. In general, the teas do not taste good. Follow-up assessments may be required to continue the treatment. Usually, the herbs are not taken indefinitely. For chronic conditions, different formulas might be used in sequence, over a period of time. There is an additional charge to cover the cost of the herbs.  

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