What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM), which like acupuncture, focuses on restoring a balance of mind, body, and spirit to support health rather than treating a particular disease or medical condition. A skilled practitioner will utilize both acupuncture and herbal medicine together as both complement and mutually accentuate the other.
Herbs are used with the goal of restoring balance by nourishing the body. Traditionally Chinese herbs are boiled into a tea, which extracts the healing properties of the herbs, but today most herbs are administered in pill or tincture form. For those of you who have been lucky enough to experience a traditional Chinese herbal tea before, the prospect of having to take a pill may sound mighty fine. Traditional herbal teas in China are known for their strong taste, which in many cases, are down right disgusting.
What makes Chinese herbal medicine unique to us in the West is that each formula is uniquely tailored for each patient. For many of us, a symptom like a headache is universally treated with aspirin or Tylenol. To the trained Chinese medical herbalist,your headache may be treated with a different formula than another patient depending on where your head hurts or other symptoms you may have at the time.
Have you ever been curious about TEAM? Our acupuncturists have over 50 years understanding Traditional East Asian Medicine, are certified, and are thrilled to help you find relief and comfort using these natural, ancient methods. Book your appointment online or give our office a call.