Herb Consultation

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. When combined and cooked together, the resulting drink is able to cure illnesses or relieve pain.

Chinese herbal medicine is a system of herbal treatment and has been around for thousands of years. It is used to re-harmonize imbalances in the body. For instance, a cough would not be treated by choosing an antitussive alone. It must first be determined where the cough is coming from, and then the appropriate group of herbs would be combined to treat the problem. Chinese herbal formulas are comprised of herbs designed for each individual patient. This special formulation is crucial because formulas must be carefully composed for the purpose of achieving balance in the body. Any changes in dosage or herb composition may change the entire focus of the formula and therefore, the results.

There are hundreds of thousands of herbs that have different effects on the energies of the human body. In Chinese herbology, herbs are defined into five general tastes: pungent, sweet, bitter, salty, and sour. Besides, herbs are also defined into five temperatures such as cool, cold, warm, neutral and hot.

Chinese herbs may be used alone or used with other herbs. But they are seldom used alone. A professional Chinese herbalist usually prescribes a combination of different herbs to achieve balance. They need to analyze and understand every detail of a patient’s health history as well as his present condition. Only then will the herbalist chooses a strategy of treatment and makes up a formula of herbs best for the patient. Moreover, the formula has to be changed from time to time as the patient condition progresses.

Let me give you an example here. A Chinese herbalist found that her patient’s migraine headaches were related to imbalances in the liver energy. Therefore, she prescribed herbs to balance the liver in the appropriate manner. This might include increasing the energy of certain organs and dispersing the energy of other organs, in order to move the liver into a balanced system of right relationships with the rest of the body.

However, not all migraine headaches resolve into liver imbalances. Some may fit a different classical description, that is, resulting from imbalances of other organ or organs. Every possible analysis would call for its own herbal strategy, both in the short and the long term. In short, holistic approach features Chinese herbal medicine.

Chinese herbs may be taken in the forms of raw formulas or patent medicine. Raw formula comes in bags of loose, unprocessed herbs. The herbs in the formula are carefully weighed and placed together in a bag. There are different instructions for different formulas.

On the other hand, patent medicine refers to preprocessed herbs used for common illnesses. They are convenient to use. But they preformulated based on a specific problem. If your problem does not fit the specific indication, your practitioner may choose to give you a raw formula.