Chinese herbology is the science of combining plants or other substances for healing purposes. What began as trial and error or perhaps shamanic explorations has today entered the realm of modern medical science. In China, herbs are decocted for patients in hospitals to act in unison with drugs and other Western interventions. Chinese herbs reduce the side effects and the necessary dosage of medications, providing a synergistic, cost-effective and less invasive solution to management with just medications alone.
Over 25% of modern medicines are derived from plants- Chinese herbology uses these same plants, only whole or minimally processed, so that they can be properly assimilated and keep the patient free of side effects. Side effects can occasionally occur, but are much milder than in case of medications. Although the ancient Chinese utilized up to 9000 substances in their materia medica, today we choose from between 100 and 400 individual herbs to create a Chinese herbal formula, custom tailored for each patient’s individual needs.
Sophisticated, accurate, and safe, Chinese herbs are well-suited to address a wide variety of health challenges. Gynecological issues, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal illness, and endocrinologic disorders are often treated with herbs in the forms of teas, pills, capsules, tablets, granules, syrups, salves, or liniments. Chinese Herbs are often used alongside of acupuncture to strongly treat difficult cases.
Oriental Medicine views the food we eat as a form of daily medicine. We will take the time to discuss and educate each patient on what are the best choices to make regarding food and nutrition. It is a focus of individuality, not the classic western “one size fits all” approach. Each person has unique needs that must be met. Quantity, quality, tastes, temperatures, as well as seasonal freshness all are taken into consideration to create a balanced, nutrition centered diet for each person.