We do not have an herbal pharmacy, and we sell herbs only to our patients.
When a medical doctor diagnoses a patient, he/she begins with a symptom, for instance, high cholesterol or diabetes. Prescription drugs are given based on a condition or disease which are given to everyone and may have side effects. You could take xxxx for high cholesterol; your cholesterol lowers but your liver may deteriorate because of the continued use of the drug.
Acupuncturists and Chinese herbologists view the body based on Chinese medical theories which have been around for over 2,500 years. Is the whole body working as a complete unit? If the body is imbalanced, what could be causing the body to function improperly? These are some questions they answer. Since the acupuncturist or Chinese herbologist diagnose differently from medical doctors, the diagnosis is explained with Chinese pathology like blood stagnation or low qi.
Chinese herbal formulas are custom-made to the patient’s condition unlike prescription drugs. Further more, herbal formulas are safe and natural if it is practiced by trained and qualified herbalogist. The herbologist uses different combinations of herbs to obtain the desired result.
Chinese herbal formulas are very convenient since they can be taken at home, work, or on vacation. Generally Chinese herbal formulas are taken three times a day that equals to three treatments. This is cost effective in your time but also to your pocketbook.
Since every formula is customized, the dosage amounts and frequency of taking the herbs vary.
The Chinese herbal formula can be modified as the state of imbalance changes. Whereas, there is no change to prescription drugs except you may take a different drug that may have a different side effect than the previous one.
We do have symptomatic herbs which are just for a single condition, like a cough or a stuffy nose. The patient would take the herb until the symptom goes away.