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ARE HERBS SAFE FOR ME TO TAKE?

Medicinal herbs have been used for thousands of years to prevent illness as well as to treat it. Because a plant contains all the substances that nature intended to be used together to balance each other, herbal medicines are less likely (if at all) to cause any side effects.

Herbs will be prescribed very differently from drugs. For instance, the same drug is often prescribed for many patients with the same symptom or disease in Western medicine regardless of their constitution, age, etc. In T.C.M., your Chinese medicine diagnosis, your age, your general health & level of vitality and other factors are taken into consideration when recommending an herbal prescription for your condition. No two patients with the same symptoms or illness would receive the same treatment with T.C.M. because no two people are exactly alike.

Very seldom is a single herb used in Chinese medicine. Instead, two or more herbs are combined into a “prescription formula”. Used together, herbs are synergistic meaning that they are more powerful when used in combination, and also balance each other’s harsh properties.

In my clinic, I do not use any herbal formulas containing endangered animal or plant parts. The herbal prescriptions I prescribe are in pill or tablet form. Herbal liniments and patches are also available.

CAN I USE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS ALONG WITH WESTERN MEDICINE?

Yes, patients can undergo treatment with acupuncture or herbal medicine while taking seeing a Western medicine practitioner (medical doctor, etc.) or taking prescription drugs.

If you are on any medications (prescription or over the counter), these will be taken into account when prescribing herbs for you. Herbs and drugs should be taken 1 hour apart to allow them to be absorbed separately into the body.

I encourage patients to discuss their treatment with any other practitioners they are seeing. I am happy to work along with any other health professional that you may be receiving treatment from.