Chinese herbs and formulas can substantially aid in healing by synergistically continuing the process made by acupuncture treatments. Made from high-quality organic substances, most herbal formulas consist of four to 15 herbs and treat a wide variety of symptoms that stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
The beauty of herbal medicine lies in its flexibility. Herbal formulas contain a range of herbs that possess different qualities and properties which can target certain aspects of disharmony. Just as each person and condition is different, herbal formulas can be specifically designed for the individual needs of each patient and can be modified as the healing process progresses. Herbs rarely elicit side effects and have been safely used for thousands of years.
Herbs are prescribed according to a Traditional Chinese Medicine “pattern” diagnosis. For example, if a patient is suffering from arthritis that is aggravated by cold, rain or snow, their Chinese pattern diagnosis would include “invasion of cold and damp.” There are certain plants that are very comfortable living in that sort of environment and have natural defenses against excessive cold and damp weather. These types of herbs would be prescribed for this condition. Formulas come in many forms, including raw herbs, prepared pills, powders and tinctures and are usually made up for each patient’s specific pattern.
Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced safely and effectively for centuries and has the greatest potential for beneficial results when prescribed by a trained professional who recognizes the benefits and risks. In California, licensed acupuncturists are the only licensed health care professionals who are required to be trained and tested for competency in the prescription of herbal medicine.