Chinese herbal medicine is a very important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Along with dietary therapy, herbal medicine has a very long history, and is proven to be a safe and effective way to heal the body and spirit. The origins of herbal medicine in China can be traced back 4000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. It is currently used by 1/3 of the world’s population.
Before acupuncture or the advent of modern pharmaceutical medicine, herbal remedies have traditionally been used to heal and balance the human body. Unlike most pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs which come with numerous side effects, Chinese Herbal prescriptions are individually made for each patient, in order to avoid any side effects. Chinese Herbal Medicine is a much safer alternative, especially in treating chronic medical problems. Herbs are prescribed in a formula that may consist of 4-20 herbs, with a balance of herbs that will get results without causing an imbalance in the body.
For 2000 years or more, formulas have been developed, refined, and documented in the medical literature of China. For a given patient, one formula may be used for a while, and it may then be modified or changed as the patient’s condition changes.
Chinese medicinal materials are screened to assure correct species of plant, and are tested for contamination by pesticides, heavy metals, or drugs. The Chinese Herbal manufacturing plants in the United States that source the herb products that I use in my practice, all meet GMP (good manufacturing practices) standards, just as is required by American pharmaceutical and food production companies.