Herbology is the Chinese art of combining medicinal herbs and is traditionally one of the more important modalities utilized in traditional Chinese Medicine. Each herbal medicine prescription is a personalized cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. Chinese herbology often incorporates natural ingredients from all parts of plants, the leaf, stem, flower, root, and also ingredients from animals and minerals.
Chinese herbal formulas are developed to address not only the symptoms, but also the root cause, taking the patient’s overall condition into consideration. Herbal formulas are specific to the patient, and two people displaying the same symptoms may receive different herbal prescriptions. As the patient’s condition improves, herbal formulas are adjusted.
Dr. Wu usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then he adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient’s yin/yang conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out toxicity of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the herb is less-effective. The latter steps require great experience and knowledge, and make the difference between a good Chinese herbal doctor and an amateur. A key to success in traditional Chinese Medicine is treating each patient as a unique individual.
Herbal medicine is by itself a powerful method of healing. Western drugs are usually used to control symptoms but do not alter the disease process. For example: antibiotics kill bacteria but do not improve a person’s resistance to infection; diuretics drain excess fluid from the body but do not improve the kidney function. Chinese herbs can also rid the body of disease but they also nourish and balance the body in very specific ways, thereby improving organ function and building up a person’s constitution and immune system. The herbs allow Dr. Wu to restore your body’s balance, so he can then focus on treating the illness, rather than the symptoms.
The Siberian chaga mushroom is the king of all herbs. It is super concentrated and grows like a tumor on the outside of a tree, extracting all of its nutrients. Additionally, chaga mushrooms reduce stress and fight inflammation, are a calming agent, help alleviate insomnia, boost energy naturally, and have effectively treated my attention deficit disorder.
Herbs can be taking on their own, but best results are obtained when combining herbal treatment with acupuncture. Herbs enhance and augment the therapeutic effects of the acupuncture treatment, and support your healing between treatments.