Set your mind at ease by taking a look at answers to the most common questions asked by first time acupuncture patients.
How are the herbs given?
We primarily dispense herbs in granular form,; this which is mixed into warm water. Occasionally capsules or tablets may be given.
Are these herbs safe?
The Chinese herbs we use pass extensive testing and meet or exceed current Good Manufacturing Practice established by the US Food and Drug administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO). With these herbs from trusted suppliers, we can provide the safest potent treatment. These herbs have been used with clinically effectiveness for centuries. Modern research and pharmacology can back up their safety and efficacy.
Can I just do herbs and not acupuncture?
We consider acupuncture and Chinese herbs a “dynamic duo.” But yes, some folks choose to just take the herbs.
Do the herbs taste bad?
Mostly the herbs are dissolved in a small amount of warm water, and swallowed in a single mouthful. When “tossed down the hatch” like a shot of liquor, taste is a typically a non-issue.
Can these herbs be taken with my medicines or other supplements?
Our herbs are safe to use with most medications. But we do need to know what you are already taking. We check all your medications for compatibility with a pharmacological reference. To be safe, we recommend taking the herbs at least 1 hour apart from other medications or supplements.
Where are the herbs sourced?
Though these herbs may cost a bit more than others, we use Chinese herbs from suppliers who provide the best available. These trusted professional suppliers provide authentic herbs (that are the true herb, and have not been adulterated or diluted). Their high potency has been maintained throughout the preparation, processing and storage. They have the intended active ingredients, safety testing of heavy metals and other pollutants assure high purity.
How Does Chinese Herbal Medicine Work?
Chinese Herbs, as prescribed by a trained professional, can be used to restore functioning of the body during many health difficulties. The herbal medicine is prescribed based on pulse diagnoses, according to what is specifically needed by the individual at the time. Chinese herbs are primarily from natural plants, and some minerals. These herbs are combined into a carefully compounded formulas that works synergistically to begin to address the root causes of health concerns, not merely symptomatic relief.
Chinese herbal medicine can be a powerful modality, especially when coupled with a medical pulse diagnosis. Like many forms of medicine, there is an art and very strong science to proper prescribing of Chinese herbs. When a practitioner has specialized training and skill development, the patient’s pulse can reveal both conditions and causes of conditions. The pulse is carefully read to get a proper diagnosis, and a custom formula is designed for your specific top needs.
Whereas Western practitioners normally use a single herb to treat a single complaint, Chinese herbs are used in primarily combination. This flexibility allows practitioners to treat multiple issues and symptoms. They can even modify formulas in order to target underlying causes of a health concern. However, because the correct use of Chinese herbs is a complex process, it should be undertaken only by a properly trained professional.
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