• Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • How are Herbs Used?

    Herbal medicine, is in itself a powerful method of healing.

    Western drugs are usually used to control symptoms but do not alter the disease process.

    For example: antibiotics kill bacteria but do not improve a person’s resistance to infection; diuretics drain excess fluid from the body but do not improve the kidney function.

    Chinese herbs can also rid the body of disease, plus nourish and balance the body in very specific ways, thereby improving organ function and building a person’s constitutional immunity.

    Chinese herbs are traditionally given as a very strong tea. The acupuncturist will give the patient several bags of herbs to cook at home.

    Each herbal formula contains roughly 4-15 raw herbs that have been selected for the patient in accordance with TCM diagnostics and patient symptoms. The benefits of this method are formulas that can be customized to the patient’s particular condition. 

    At home, the herbs are prepared by boiling them in water for about half an hour, straining, and drinking 1/2 cup amounts of the remaining tea, 1-3 times per day.

    The acupuncturist may alternatively prescribe herbal pills, powders or tinctures. These are simply more convenient, and can be easily transported. However, raw herbs are substantially more potent and always more adaptable.


    *In addition, the process of preparing the raw herbs- including their tactile and olfactory stimulation while steaming, are equally important factors in the process of sensory and biological balancing. The tea should be consumed in the amounts and frequency as instructed by your acupuncturist.