FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HERBAL MEDICINE

CAN I TAKE HERBAL MEDICINE?

Herbal medicine has been used successfully in North and South America, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and all throughout Asia. Because it is tailored for the body's specific needs, it is safe, effective, and works well if prescribed by a skilled and credible herbal specialist.

WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?

Herbal medicine is within the scope of practice in natural medicine, which is the oldest, continually practiced professional medicine. It is based on an individualized pattern diagnosed as well as a disease diagnosis. Your pattern is made up of signs, symptoms, emotions, temperament, and overall body composition. The written herbal prescription is designed to target the individual pattern as well as the symptom or disease. An herbal medicine prescription may include 6 to 18 different herbs. Herbal medicine is a complete system, containing physical, biological, and chemical properties.

SOURCES OF HERBS

The majority of herbs are derived from the plant kingdom, using the radix, rhizoma, folium, and fructus of the plant, depending on the nature of the illness. They may include the leaf, flower, twig, fruit, stem, root, tuber, rhizome, and bark. Some herbs are from animal and mineral sources.

HOW ARE HERBAL MEDICINES TAKEN?

Drinking a liquid, which is prepared by boiling the selected herbs. The liquid form allows the practitioner maximum flexibility in writing a prescription. The right amounts and alternating herbs may be adjusted as the pattern of disease changes. The formula can be changed frequently, if necessary. And the liquid form tends to be more potent than other means of administration. The liquid form tends to taste very bitter because they are made mostly from roots and bark where the strongest medicinal phytochemical ingredients are found.

DO HERBAL MEDICINES HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?

Most of the components of natural herbal medicine have a very low toxicity to even common, over-the-counter chemical drugs. Herbal medicine has been used for over 4000 years, proving that it is a safe and effective method of treatment for many ailments. It is a part of the traditional medical system. If you experience any discomfort while taking herbal medicine, tell your specialist, who will modify the formula until there are no side effects.

WHAT ARE HERBAL MEDICINES GOOD FOR?

Natural herbal medicines target a full range of chronic conditions because it promotes the body's ability to heal and recover from illness.

CAN PREGNANT WOMEN OR LACTATING MOTHERS TAKE HERBAL MEDICINE?

Yes, we are skilled to prescribe appropriate formulas for pregnant women and lactating mothers. However, an initial visit to our office is necessary before herbs are recommended or given to the patient.

CAN CHILDREN TAKE HERBAL MEDICINE?

Yes, we are skilled to prescribe appropriate formulas for children. However, an initial visit to our office is necessary before herbs are recommended or given to the patient.