Chinese Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has offered a rich heritage in healthcare for thousands of years. They are safe and effective for maintaining and restoring one’s health. Concerns over dangerous side effects and the high cost of pharmaceutical drugs have led a growing number of people to alternative, natural remedies. Many centuries of use, careful observation, research, and documentation have resulted in a more thorough understanding of Chinese herbal medicine than any other system of natural remedies.
We have a full Chinese herbal pharmacy with two herbal product lines – pre-made formulas and custom personalized formulas to serve your needs. Pre-made herbal formulas are created to address many health concerns in our modern society including the weak immune system, toxin buildup, fatigue, stress, depression, inflammation, and many more. They offer quick and easy-to-use solutions at an affordable price.
On the other hand, custom formulas offer an individualized solution for one’s specific needs. Even if two people have the same illness, the underlying cause may be very different and the treatment should differentiate the differences between individuals to target the root cause of the problem. And even if the symptoms are different, we may use the same treatment method to correct the problem if the underlying cause is the same. The principle of treatment is called “different treatment for the same disease and the same treatment for different diseases” in traditional Chinese medicine. For instance, the same constipation may be caused by “intestinal dryness” in one person but by “weak intestinal energy” in another person. In this case, using the same remedy for constipation may not work properly. In this case, we need to modify the formula for constipation to address the person’s specific condition, and we would recommend a custom formula. Careful evaluation of the condition is a must to formulate correct formulas.
Our herbal pharmacy formulas are based on experience-based traditional medicine as well as modern evidence-based nutrition studies from around the world. Our traditional herbal formulas are made from the highest quality, non-GMO, full-spectrum herbal extracts in easy-to-swallow capsule forms. They are produced following standards of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) established by the US FDA and World Health Organization (WHO).
Chinese Herbs Using Modern Medicinal Methods
The basis of most modern-day pharmaceuticals is traditional herbalism – a long-standing tradition upheld in multiple cultures. The use of herbalism is becoming more popular owing to the progress in quality control and chemical analysis technology. Medical research has also been conducted to prove the use of herbal medication to treat multiple diseases.
For millenniums, Chinese herbal medicine has been used as an imperial part of Traditional Oriental Medicine. About 15,000 herbs have been analyzed and studied for their effects on the human body. Plants are not the sole materials used in Chinese medicine. Even animal sources and minerals are included.
Over generations, the lineage of doctors has accumulated a great deal of expertise with the medicinal use of plants. It has been discovered by Chinese clinical studies that the use of herbs can greatly improve the effectiveness of modern medicinal treatments.
Herbs also decrease side effects and at times even replace modern-day drugs in cases when a patient can no longer consume them. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of the population of the world depends on herbs as part of their personal health care routine. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who take herbal medicine these past 20 years due to the hike in prescription drugs’ prices and a growing interest in natural remedies with little to no side effects.
Source of Chinese Herbal Medicine
The Materia Medica is a detailed book on Chinese herbs that discusses their uses, properties, indications, applicable patterns, dosages, and contraindications. It also includes information about herb-drug reactions and discusses published scientific and clinical research. Each herb’s properties are noted in terms of the effect they have on distinct meridians and organs. The disharmonic patterns, as well as the pathogenic factors present, are also addressed. In contrast to Western herbs, Chinese herbs are formulated by the measure of the patient’s condition (fortifying in the wake of weakness while removing pathogenic factors). This is precisely why Chinese medicines are addressed as ‘formulae’ and not just by the name of a single herb. Every herbal ingredient has a certain purpose to treat the illness pattern.
Commonly, Chinese herbs are taken in the form of decoction. Recently, however, more and more people take Chinese herbs as pills, capsules, and powders. At Chang’s Acupuncture & Herbs, herbs are prepared as decoction, capsule, and pills by our staff. Certified to be devoid of harmful substances, pesticides, and heavy minerals, all herbs are produced strictly following Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). To ensure the quality of the herbs, it is vital to obtain them from a professional herbalist. Retail stores may stock low-quality herbs that do not provide the full potency or the same benefits. If you have any questions regarding our herbs or the health benefits of using Chinese herbs, please feel free to contact us.