What is Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are complimentary therapeutic modalities that are often used together in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions.
A practitioner who makes use of herbs is familiar with most of the 1,800 herbs in the Chinese pharmacopia. All of these herbs are classified according to their energetic qualities, functions, and the different organs, meridians, and disharmonies which they address. Individual herbs are combined in order to enhance their actions and effects upon the body. When combined, a unique, synergistic formula is created.
The art and skill of creating a formula lies in choosing the precise and most effective herbs that target an individual’s disharmony. A formula commonly contains about 12 different herbs. Within each formula exists a specific hierarchy of herbs: The Chief herb, the Deputy herb, the Assistant herb, and the Envoy herbs.
Formulas can be prescribed in a number of ways: dried or raw herbs that are boiled into a tea (called a decoction), liquid extracts, pills, or powders. It is important to work with a qualified herbalist who can prescribe the correct formula, monitor your progress, and adjust it as needed. Chinese herbal medicine is used to expedite the healing process, as well as to strengthen, support, or tonify the body. These formulas have the capacity to address both the symptoms and the underlying root cause of various medical conditions, whether acute or chronic.
When prescribed and used correctly, Chinese herbal medicine is a safe, effective, and drug-free way to become well and stay healthy, naturally!
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