Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years as concentrated nutritional substances to powerfully balance the body. In conventional medicine, a person’s chief complaint is often solely identified and treated, sometimes with no regard to co-morbidities.The Eastern Medicine approach to treatment is slightly different. When you come to an Oriental Medicine practitioner, you will be questioned about all of your symptoms. The goal in Eastern Medicine is to address the underlying cause of all of these symptoms, thus we say we are treating the “patterns of disharmony.” After a thorough health history, the unique constitution and the relationship of the patient to their environment are taken into consideration in order to prescribe herbs that will bolster deficiencies, drain excess and bring harmony to the organ systems.
While a Western physician may diagnose you as having a specific condition, for example, "migraines", an Eastern physician will try to understand the root imbalance leading to your history of dis-ease. Three people experiencing "migraines" may all have a different underlying pattern of disharmony, each treated with a different herbal formula and acupuncture point prescription.
Chinese herbal medicine is not a substitute for conventional medical treatment. However, herbs can be an incredibly helpful adjunctive therapy in helping to manage side effects of pharmaceuticals and provide corrective and nutritional support needed for the body to achieve balance again.
Care is taken to work with the medications patients are currently taking and all herbs are sourced from companies that pride quality control, each batch of herbs tested for heavy metals, pesticide residues and microbial contamination.
"How long will I have to take Chinese Herbs?"
The more acute and severe conditions oftentimes require more frequent visits to an herbalist; however, the treatment period will be shorter. For example, if you have a common cold, taking a dose of Chinese herbs for one week may be sufficient. On the other hand, if you have been sick for 30 years, you may have to take herbs for a much longer span of time. The goal is to take the herbs only as long as your body needs to in order to come back into balance.