Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbal formulas are thousands of years old, predating the invention of acupuncture by up to 2000 years. These formulas have been tested, developed, and perfected over time. They include a variety of ingredients, ranging from garlic to oyster shells to hawthorn berries, and they help a myriad of conditions from food poisoning, to headaches, to gynecological issues.
Because of all they address, Chinese herbs and formulas are ubiquitous in Asian culture. In fact, the invention of the dumpling is often attributed to the great Chinese medicine doctor, Zhang Zhong Jing. These first dumplings were a way to deliver herbs and mutton to a town plagued by frost bite. Yes, common household foods are also commonly used herbs. Food is definitely medicine! Nowadays, Chinese grocery and convenience stores sell herbal tea drinks, known for beating summer heat, and ginseng shots for energy.
Why medicinal herbs?
Chinese herbs lie somewhere between a supplement and pharmaceutical in strength. In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs start as all-natural medicinal herbs and plants. So, while they are relatively safe,it is important that your use be monitored by a medical professional. These formulas are also flexible in dosing and ingredient proportions to make sure that each patient gets the right formula for his or her particular issue and body size. Everyone is a unique snowflake and Chinese medicinal herbs could not agree more.
Here at PK Acupuncture & Wellness, we work with our patients to offer herbal remedies in the modern, convenient form of patent pills and tablets. For more complicated cases, we offer custom herbal orders that can be delivered to your door or available for pickup in our clinic.
For more information about Chinese medicinal herbs or to book an herbal consult, contact us.