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Chinese Herbal Medicine

"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food."
-Hippocrates

Herbal medicines are used at our center to treat chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease, high cholesterol, fibromylagia, lyme disease, thyroid disorders, hormonal imbalances, menopause and premenstrual syndrome to name a few.

Western Herbal Medicine

The medicinal benefits of herbs have been known for centuries. Herbs contain powerful ingredients that assist with healing. The early pharmaceutical industry isolated these ingredients, but today herbalists believe that using complete herbs (instead of isolating ingredients) provides a better balance of substances from nature.

Many believe that the healing properties of herbs are more effective than drugs because balance can be found in the whole plant, without side effects. Since herbs are powerful they must be used wisely and under an herbalist's care. Herbs are used in many forms: dried, tea, lotions, oils, powders, capsules, tablets, tea pills, extracts and tinctures. They can promote well-being and health maintenance, as well as heal specific conditions.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal preparations have been subject to rigorous study in China, where they are used as primary medical treatment. Chinese Herbal Medicine is formulated specifically for each individual's whole body, rather than one symptom. An individual formula is made from small amounts of 7-15 herbs, which is later altered as the body begins to respond. The active ingredients are released into the bloodstream slowly, as is food.

For example Eephedra (a leafless shrub of arid regions and a source for the drug ephedrine) is the oldest medicinal plant of which there are written records. Ancient Chinese doctors, who know it as ma huang, have recommended it for respiratory congestion & asthma for about five thousand years. It is both a stimulant and relaxant of bronchial muscles. When used in a dilute tea form, the stimulant qualities are reduced, promoting relaxation and relief in bronchial muscles.

Commonly Treated Conditions

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