Chinese herbology has been known for more than 5000 years. The Taoist monks left detailed texts describing plant formulas to promote good health and a long life. Most of the herbal formulas commonly used today come from books that are 2000 years old or older.
Despite their age, Chinese herbs are still widely used in modern Chinese hospitals and are often preferred, for their safety and efficacy, to chemically synthesized drugs. Chinese herbs have been studied and documented according to their energetic nature and medicinal functions.
The choice of formulas and herbs is established after a careful analysis of signs and symptoms, including taking traditional pulses and observing the characteristics of the language.
A well chosen formula will have a beneficial, nutritious, invigorating or soothing effect on diseased functions and thus help the body to regain its health.
They have the power to improve health and even heal when used properly. This is why it is important that the therapist using them is properly trained and uses them according to the principles of Chinese medicine.
The herbs used are pure and free of contaminants. We attach great importance to their provenance from reputable sources.
Unlike Western herbology, which usually uses plants alone and symptomatically (for example, valerian for insomnia or willow bark for headache), Chinese herbology is prescribed to take into account the patient’s constitution and the types of imbalances identified in the global analysis.
In addition, Chinese herbology uses a harmonious and logical combination of different herbs to help restore metabolic balance.
It can be very beneficial to use herbology in combination with acupuncture treatments. Frequently, the effects of acupuncture can be prolonged by herbs. Some conditions respond better to herbs, others to acupuncture. Your therapist can discuss this with you.
Chinese herbs are powerful natural remedies that can sometimes be superior to drugs and can also control the side effects of chemical drugs. It is important that your therapist be informed of the medications you are taking in order to recommend appropriate herbs. Your herbology therapist cannot tell you whether or not to take a medication prescribed by your doctor. However, he or she can provide you with information to help you make an informed decision or suggest options to discuss with your doctor.
Not necessarily. Herbs often work well with several medications. Doctors regularly refer patients to us to support their treatments such as those for infertility, pain or to reduce the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy. It is important that your healthcare professionals are informed of and approve the combination treatments.
Although many herbs are considered safe during pregnancy or lactation, we prefer, as a precaution, to suggest that you avoid them.