Chinese herbal formulas are an essential part of our practice. Sometimes the herbs are more important for treating certain conditions than the acupuncture is!
Chinese herbal formulas are assembled in combination to get the most out of each one, kind of like a symphony where each instrument is distinctive but together they make a greater sound.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the word “herbs” can stand for plant, animal, or mineral. Animal or mineral are for very special problems, so the majority of herbs we use in our practice are plants. If you think about it, the human body is designed to consume plants, so the properties of the herbs are readily accepted via digestion. Further, when we combine herbs into a formula, patient’s GI history is always taken into account.