Chinese herbal supplements are usually made up of a number of herbs and mineral and animal extracts. Typically, one or two herbs are included that are said to have the greatest effect on the problem being treated. But herbal formulas may contain four to twelve different ingredients, to be taken in the form of teas, powders, pills, tinctures, or syrups. Other ingredients in the formula are often included to treat minor aspects of the problem, direct the formula to specific parts of the body, and help the other herbs work better. In China, more than 3,200 herbs and 300 mineral and animal extracts are used in more than 400 different formulas.
Chinese Herbals Are Based on Different Principles Than Western Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine first came to widespread attention in the United States in the 1970s. Chinese herbal medicine is not based on mainstream Western concepts of medical diagnosis and treatment. Practitioners attempt to prevent and treat imbalances, such as those caused by cancer and other diseases, with complex combinations of herbs, minerals, and plant extracts.
Depending on the condition, a treatment plan may include acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies. At Acupuncture Alternatives we use only highly reliable formulas from reputable manufacturers.
Interested in how Chinese herbals may help play a role in keeping you healthy? Give us a call for an appointment at Acupuncture Alternatives – 480-671-517.