What About Chinese Herbalism
Chinese Herbalism is the science of combining individual herbs into effective formulas. Each formula, consisting of 4-20 herbs, is tailored to address the specific diagnosis of each patient. For instance, a patient with a viral upper respiratory infection might receive a formula consisting of three herbs with anti-viral properties, two herbs to reduce nasal drainage, two to decrease sinus headache pain, and several to assist the immune system in dealing with the infection. With over 300 individual herbs to choose from Chinese herbalists have traditionally treated a wide range of illnesses. Common cold, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, painful menstruation, asthma, headache, infertility and many other conditions may respond successfully to herbal treatment. Kids are commonly treated with herbs for digestive issues, colds and ear infections and generally respond very well.
At my clinic I carry a combination of pre-made formulas and individual herbs. Individual herbs are in a powder format which the patient dissolves in water and then drinks. Pre-made adult formulas are in capsules or pills while formulas for kids are liquid extracts.
One very attractive feature of Chinese herbs is minimal side effects. A good example of this is allergy treatment. Most allergy medications leave patients feeling either drowsy or edgy depending on the active ingredient. Chinese allergy formulas are designed to eliminate side effects so you can breathe more easily and suffer less eye itchiness and sneezing while feeling absolutely normal otherwise.
The professional quality formulas I prescribe are of much higher potency than over-the-counter herbs. Additionally, all my suppliers carry out regular scientific testing of their products to ensure no heavy metal contamination is present.