Overview. Herbal medicine is the main treatment method in traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, consisting of 3,200 herbs and 300 mineral and animal extracts in over 400 different combinations. Its written history dates back to over 2,500 years, although such herbal remedies in practice are most likely much older. Similar to Acupuncture, herbal medicine works to restore energy balance to the body, and a unique herbal formula is directed to specific parts of the body to combat ailments and diseases.
Frequently asked questions.
Q. What is the difference between Western folk and Chinese herbal medicine?
A. Western folk herbalism only treats a single symptom of a disease. Chinese herbal medicine uses a custom herbal formula, including several herbs and extracts, crafted specifically for the individual patient's symptoms and overall body composition.
Q. How are Chinese herbal medicines taken?
A. Chinese herbal medicine is most commonly taken in liquid form, by boiling the herbal formula. Additionally, Chinese herbal medicine is available in pill and powdered extract form.
Q. Do Chinese herbal medicines have side effects?
A. Compared to over-the-counter drugs found in drug stores and pharmacies, most of the herbs and extracts used in Chinese herbal medicine are extremely low in toxicity and, therefore, have few, if any, side effects. Should an undesired side effect occur while taking a prescribed herbal formula, the ingredients can be adjusted to eliminate any discomfort.
Q. How long does it take to see results?
A. In most cases, results can be expected in a matter of minutes while the efficacy continues to improve weeks into treatment. In some chronic conditions, results should be seen within two weeks of treatment.