About Herbal Medicine
What Is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is a natural form of medicine that uses plant and other organic matter — typically made into tea — to help the body heal. Herbs are usually administered as part of a formula, enhancing and balancing each other for maximum therapeutic effect.
For convenience I typically administer pills or tinctures, which are taken 2-3 times a day. As with acupuncture, herbs may be prescribed for a short period of time for an acute disorder, or longer for a chronic condition.
Are Herbal Remedies Safe?
Herbal remedies are very safe when prescribed appropriately by a trained herbalist, with extra caution taken during pregnancy. An herbalist needs to consider which herbs and formulations will work best for your condition and how they may interact with any prescription medications you are taking.
I only prescribe high-quality products, ordered from a handful of well known, well regarded vendors who test their products regularly for contaminants and use verified GMP (good manufacturing processes) factories.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Rich History
Chinese herbal medicine has a rich history, with a wealth of information passed down over thousands of years. Farmers and field workers meticulously grow, harvest and process the plants in the traditional way.
Highly trained herbalists identify and assess the herbs for quality before using them for formulations. Companies that import and sell them must also manage the politics and regulatory bodies that can threaten the existence of herbal medicine.
I am grateful to people at all levels for their work and diligence. This medicine is subtle yet powerful, and all of us who are able to use it to benefit our health should be aware and protective of its existence.