Like Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine is part of the comprehensive medical system known as Chinese Medicine. Chinese herbal medicine uses roots, bark, seeds, leaves and minerals in individual prescriptions that are tailored to treat a specific set of concerns. These prescriptions are based on time-tested formulas, which are carefully designed for maximum effectiveness. Formulas can be customized to meet the unique needs of each individual. Some conditions may respond better to a combination of acupuncture and herbal treatment, or herbal medicine may be used on its own. Chinese herbal medicine’s strength lies in its ability to treat the root of many conditions with little to no-side effects.
We usually administer herbal medicine in the form of concentrated granules or ready-made patent formulations. The raw herbs are processed into a granular form that does not require additional cooking and are 5 times more concentrated. The granules readily dissolve in warm water. Granules are similar in effectiveness to raw herbs, but are better tasting and more convenient to prepare. For those unable to drink an herbal tea, we have an extensive line of ready-made herbal extracts available as pills, capsules, tinctures, salves and herbal patches.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
All of the Chinese herbs at On Point Acupuncture come from companies in the United States that adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards. These herbs are tested for the presence of pesticides, heavy metals, molds, micro-organisms and other chemical constituents.
How Do I Prepare My Herbs?
Granules dissolve readily in warm water. You will be provided with a 1 gram spoon with each formula to make dosages easy. Follow the dosage instructions provided on the label of your formula. Add the indicated number of level gram spoons into a mug, mix with warm or hot water and then drink. Herbs are usually taken 1/2 hour before eating or 2 hours after eating. If you experience any abdominal discomfort after drinking herbs you may take them with meals. If you experience persistent abdominal discomfort or other side-effects after taking your herbs, please discontinue taking your herbs and contact your herbal practitioner.