HERBAL MEDICINE / HERBAL THERAPY
WHAT IS HERBAL THERAPY?
Herbal Medicine is the Chinese equivalent to Western pharmacology. In accordance with diagnosis by a Licensed Acupuncturist an herbal prescription in the form of a tea, pill, tincture, or externally applied powder, soak, or steam can be prescribed. The formula may contain anywhere from one to twenty different medicinal substances from plants, minerals, or animals. The most common form of prescription is as a tea.Herbal medicine can be used as a stand–alone therapy although it is quite common to give a prescription in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. The formula can be seen as a way of amplifying the effects of acupuncture and continuing the treatments at home.Unlike Western pharmacology, Chinese herbal medicine uses customized prescriptions for each individual to minimize or eliminate potential side effects.