Herbal medicine has been used for centuries in China to treat a whole host of diseases and conditions. In fact in China, herbal medicine consists of perhaps 80% of what is considered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Chinese Herbs have a proven track record of safety and medicinal usefulness backed by thousands of years of use as well as extensive modern research.
Most modern pharmaceuticals have their basis from herbs, yet by taking herbal medicine one is taking a complex organic compound made in nature and not an isolated single molecule manufactured in a lab. Taking the natural complex herb greatly reduces side effects and risk.
Traditionally in China, herbs are boiled in water to make a medicinal decoction or tea. These decoctions can be tailored to the specific needs of the patient by modifying the ingredients and proportions. The herbal decoction is very quickly assimilated into the body making them very fast acting. However making decoctions is messy, smelly and requires several hours of cooking and cleaning. Also, taking herbs this way requires drinking a cup or more of very bitter brew daily.
Chinese herbs that have been processed into pills, otherwise known as patent medicine, are slower acting and cannot be tailored to the specific condition and constitution of the patient. However they are convenient and easy to take and require no preparation making them ideal for chronic conditions where the herbs are taken for months or even years at a time.
Liquid extracts of Chinese herbs permits the best of both worlds. The herbs are processed into a highly concentrated liquid form using both alcohol and water to extract all of the medicinal components. Being in liquid form they are easy to store, customize and dispense. The herbs are very quickly assimilated into the body making them powerful and fast acting. Ingesting a few eyedroppers full of extract instead of drinking several cups of bitter tea is all that is required. Taking the herbs is also very convenient as one weeks dose can be put into a 1 or 2 oz bottle which easily fits into one’s pocket or purse.
At Acupuncture Associates in Wilmington, we use premium Kan Herbal Extracts. They are the safest, most concentrated and purest Chinese herbal extracts available. We will create a custom formula tailor made to treat your unique condition and constitution. These extracts are sold in one ounce, two ounce and four ounce bottles. One ounce is about a weeks supply of herbs in this concentrated form and costs only $38.00. Formulations are typically kept to one or two week doses so they can be modified as your condition changes.
Acupuncture Associates in Wilmington, NC also carries many of the time tested traditional Chinese herbal formulas in convenient pill form for those who prefer the convenience of pills.
Using Chinese medicinal herbs works synergistically with acupuncture treatments. Together they permit energetic balance and organic balance at the same time. Properly combined herbs can improve the effectiveness of your acupuncture treatment and give quicker and more lasting results.