Chinese Herbal Remedies

p1010088In Chinese Medicine, each person is seen as a world in miniature, a garden, in which doctor and patient together strive to cultivate health.  Just as a garden may become overgrown with weeds if not tended to, periodic sessions help to keep our garden/ body in balance.

Herbal medicine  is itself a powerful method of healing. Western drugs often control symptoms, but do not alter the disease process. An example :antibiotics-eliminate bacteria but do not improve a person’s resistance to infection; diuretics rid excess fluid without improving kidney function. Chinese herbs treat the underlying condition as defined by traditional diagnosis, and rarely cause unwanted side-effects. However, just as going to the drug store and choosing several over-the -counter medications may have unsafe inter-reactions, when going to an herbal pharmacy without understanding your constitution or the nature of your illness may aggravate a conditon or prolong healing time.

Herbs,more like foods than drugs, can supplement our diet and fortify our constitution as well as prevent or remedy ailments. Chinese herbs are usually combined in formulas to enhance their individual properties and actions. Symptoms and diagnoses are matched with therapeutic effects, reflecting the partcular needs of each patient.