While acupuncture has continued to grow in popularity, there is much less awareness and understanding of Chinese herbal medicine. Used in conjunction with acupuncture, or on their own, herbs have powerful and effective healing powers and can treat a wide variety of issues. Chinese herbal medicine is the most widely practiced herbal tradition in the world and dates back to the 3rd century BC. Simply put, it is the practice of using plants, herbs, trees, flowers, and other substances to treat health issues. The administration is both an art and a science.
One of the fundamentals of Chinese herbal medicine includes the concept of Yin and Yang in the body. In the event of disharmony or imbalance of either of these, the body may experience illness, stress, or other symptoms. The aim is to find a remedy, so the body can regain balance again and experience optimal health. The diagnostic process includes checking the Qi of the patient and determining the root cause of the illness. After diagnosis, an effective treatment is selected to rebalance Yin and Yang. Sophisticated, accurate, and safe, Chinese herbs address a number of health challenges, including:
- Digestive conditions, including Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Gynecological issues, including endometriosis, PMS, and menopause
- Chronic respiratory/sinus problems, such as asthma and bronchitis
- Insomnia and/or anxiety
- Support for cancer therapy
- Auto-immune disorders such as fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chinese herbal medicine is almost always prescribed in formulas and not individual herbs. Each formula is custom tailored to an individual’s unique needs. The approach to using herbs follows a logical formula as to how imbalances are created in the body and in what order they should be resolved. Progress is continually monitored to determine at what point treatment should be modified, when to taper the dosage, and when to conclude the therapy.
There have been great advancements in Chinese medicine with the development of modern formulas for diseases more prevalent in today’s society. Since Chinese herbal medicine is a living and growing form of medicine, it evolves continuously. Often, using Chinese herbal medicine, we can fully resolve conditions and that is the primary goal when I work with patients. As a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, I frequently see how profoundly this medicine can benefit my patients and restore balance to their lives. Contact Brad Hill Wellness at 301-639-9759 to schedule a consultation.