During the course of
your treatment, it may be useful to prescribe an herbal formula. Chinese medicine recognizes over 5,000 natural substances that are used
to create formulas that are individually tailored to the particular
needs of each patient. While acupuncture works to balance the Qi in
your body, herbs are effective at supplementing what the body may be
lacking. Thinking of your body as a river, acupuncture alters the
flow, while herbs change the quality of the water itself. Ideally,
acupuncture and herbs are used together to enhance the outcome of
Herbs can be taken in several ways:
MASS-PRODUCED PILLS OR TABLETS are good for a wide range of health concerns, and are the least expensive approach.
RAW HERBSare made into custom recipes that are given to the patient in raw
form (bags of uncooked ingredients) and then prepared into a tea by the
patient. This method is very effective - the essence of the ingredients is the
freshest and most potent. Many patients enjoy seeing the exotic
looking ingredients and taking an active part in the preparation
VACUUM PACKED TEAS are cooked by a local herbal pharmacy and delivered to the
patient at home, work, or my office. They are as effective as the raw herbs, yet save time for the busy patient.
GRANULES OR CAPSULES are herbs that are cooked and dried into powders that are then combined into
custom formulas for each patient. Very convenient and also highly effective, they can be mixed with hot water
as a tea, or taken in gelatin capsules.