Herbs are an important part of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. We recommend herbs to most of our patients because they significantly increase the overall effectiveness of the treatments. Chinese herbs can alleviate a wide variety of symptoms when used with Acupuncture or by themselves. This is why we use herbs exclusively for some patients, especially children. Herbal treatments are a very cost effective treatment option for most people, especially those who want to avoid or get off of prescription medication.
The herbs that we sell are American manufactured and double laboratory tested for safety and potency. The herbs themselves range from familiar things such as ginger and turmeric to relatively exotic roots, berries, flowers, seeds, and twigs.
Most of the herbs are available in pill form, but sometimes powdered concentrate extracts are used to make custom instant teas. Other forms of herbs such as, liquid, alcohol extracts or topical ointments are also used when appropriate. The cost of these herbs ranges from $40 – $60 dollars per month. This is similar to an average co-pay with a prescription drug plan.
This is both good and bad. The good part is that prescription medications can treat some diseases faster and more effectively then traditional herbal methods. The negative of this is that these synthetic medications are so focused and powerful that the side effects are sometimes worse then the benefits. Beacuse of these side effects, 106,000 deaths annually are attributed to prescription medications. This makes properly prescribed precription medication the #4 killer in the U.S. You can read more about this in our newsletter
What makes Chinese Herbal medicine unique is that we use combinations of 6-12 herbs together as a formula. Chinese herbal formulas have synergistic combinations of active ingredients to produce a powerful treatment effect, while other herbs in the formula balance the treatment effects so that there are little to no side effects. A good herbal formula will treat several symptoms at once because it is for each unique person and their specific condition.