What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicine is the Chinese equivalent to Western pharmacology. In accordance with a detailed intake by a Licensed Acupuncturist an herbal formula in the form of a tea, pill, tincture, or externally applied powder, soak, or steam can be recommended. Formulas may contain anywhere from one to twenty different medicinal substances from plants, minerals, or animals. The most common form of herbal formula is as a tea. Herbal medicine can be used as a stand–alone therapy although it is quite common to give an herbal formula in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. The formula can be seen as a way of amplifying the effects of acupuncture and continuing the treatments at home. Unlike Western pharmacology, Chinese herbal medicine uses customized formulas for each individual to minimize or eliminate potential side effects.