WHAT IS CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE?
Herbal medicine is one of the prime treatment methods within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Chinese herbal medicine is a holistic medicine that focuses on treating both the root cause of the condition, as well as the symptoms. The root cause is determined through an individualized pattern diagnosis. The patient receives an herbal prescription designed specifically for their physical condition based upon the pattern diagnosis. Herbs are then typically administered in the form of teas, powders or pills.
Most Chinese herbs are derived from vegetable sources, but occasionally herbs from animal and mineral sources are utilized. Therefore, you should discuss with your practitioner any unique requirements or restrictions you may have regarding your prescription. For example, you should let your practitioner know if you are or may be pregnant, are a vegetarian, or if you have any allergies.
Additionally, herbal prescriptions may occasionally be incompatible with medications. Therefore, if you are taking any medications or other dietary supplements, you should inform your practitioner.