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Chinese Herbal Medicine

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is a major component of traditional oriental medicine, a comprehensive health care system used for over 2,500 years in China and throughout the world today. Herbs have a balancing or regulating effect on the body. When disease occurs, specific herbs are chosen to rebalance the energy and allow the body to heal itself. Herbal medicine consists of 5,767 substances derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources.  Most herbalists, however, work with 200-300 herbs.
What conditions can herbs treat?

Herbal medicine treats the whole person, not just the symptoms or complaints, thus helping the body heal itself. It has a long clinical history of treating acute and chronic conditions. Herbal medicine excels in treating conditions that Western medicine has difficulty in treating as well as conditions that do not have a Western medical diagnosis. Chinese herbal medicine may be used to treat infants, elderly patients and pregnant women under the direction of the doctor. 

How does a Chinese doctor make an herbal prescription?
Looking, Listening, Asking and Touching are the four important techniques used by a Chinese doctor to gather diagnostic information. The doctor will ask a variety of questions regarding your specific complaint and your general health and will pay particular attention to your tongue and wrist pulses because different tongue status and pulse patterns will tell the doctor the state of your internal organs. After completing an evaluation, the doctor may prescribe an herbal formula consisting of several herbs.
What are the benefits of an herbal formula?

Individual herbs are rarely prescribed alone in traditional Chinese medicine. The specific combination of herbs in a formula enhances the therapeutic effect of each ingredient therefore the formula treats more effectively and completely than a single herb.

Are the Chinese herbs safe?

One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese Herbal Medicine is the low risk of adverse reaction or side effects. Herbal medicine uses all the constituents of the plant, including the cellulose. The herb is completely balanced, and therefore has minimal side effects. The most common problem is minor gastrointestinal upset, gas and bloating due to slight difficulty digesting the herb material. If this or any other problem occurs, discuss it with your Chinese doctor so the doctor may modify the herbal formula. This being said, Chinese herbs are medicinal in nature and you must follow explicit instructions from the doctor to take them to avoid undesired effects. We sources our herbs from trusted distributors based in the U.S.

How to prepare the herbal drink?

The treatment will normally start with 5-7 packs of mixed herbs, which are prescribed specifically according to your conditions. One pack is used per day, and prepared in 3 easy steps. From experience, it is more convenient to prepare the drink in the evening and drink half then and half in the morning after breakfast.

Step 1. In a medium-sized pot, immerse one pack of herbs in one quart of cold water and soak for 30 minutes. Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer for 25 minutes.  Slowly pour the liquid into a mug. Save the herbs in the pot.

Step 2. Add another quart of cold water to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Pour the liquid into a mug. Discard the herbs.

Step 3. Mix the two batches together, they should yield about two cups.  Drink half while warm. Keep the other half in the refrigerator and drink warm (microwave a bit) the next day. It is better to drink after a meal. The herbal drink might not taste good but it is therapeutic. You could add some honey (no sugar) to improve the taste.

You can use an automatic herbal drink maker (see above photo) to simplify the preparation. When you have consumed all packages, follow up with Dr. Zuo.