Herbs FAQ

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Herbal medicine has been helping people stay healthy for thousands of years. Herbs function much like the drugs we are familiar with today; in fact, many of today’s drugs are derived from herbs. Aspirin for example is made from Willow bark. Herbal medicine can treat acute illnesses, such as colds and flus; can tonify a system, like the cardiovascular system; and can help manage a chronic illness, giving you a better quality of life. Herbal medicine can be very effective in addressing both broad health goals and treating specific symptoms. Herbal medicine aims to correct imbalances, resolve patterns of dysfunction, and treat the underlying cause of your health concern. Herbal medicine is another treatment modality to be used in conjunction with diet and nutrition to complete your health plan and help your body restore itself to wholeness.

How is herbal medicine different from pharmaceutical drugs?

herbal medicine is clinically and conceptually different from western pharmaceutical drugs and even western folk herbalism. The model of western medicine treats diseases or symptoms without regard to their cause or etiology and side efffects are both common and accepted. In comparison, patients receive a herbal prescription designed to treat the underlying root cause or patterns. In order to treat the entire individual without side effects a herbal medicine formula may contain 5 to 20 different herbs. Herbs when used in conjunction with Acupuncture produce an effective regulatory effect on the body that is much gentler than pharmaceuticals.

How are Herbs Administered?

The traditional method of preparing herbs is to cook the raw herbs in water to form a decoction or tea. Depending on the condition and circumstances, the herbal practitioner may recommend taking the herbs in pill or capsule form, as an extract or in a powdered or granulated form.

What is herbal medicine good for?

Herbal medicine is appropriate for both acute and chronic conditions. It treat acute diseases, like intestinal flu and the common cold, as well as chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, chronic degenerative and viral diseases. Herbal medicine can also be used preventively for many conditions including providing help to women avoid many menopausal complaints, as well as people suffering from seasonal allergies. Herbal formulas are also available for cancer patients to help diminish the side effects of chemo and radiation therapy. In addition to acupuncture, you may be prescribed an herbal formula and given nutritional or lifestyle recommendations.