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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a living, empirical tradition that extends at least 3000 years. I blend Classical Chinese and modern scientific perspectives to the practice of Chinese herbalism, which is the primary treatment modality for treating internal medical conditions within Chinese medicine.

My main areas of practice are in Internal Medicine: gastroenterology, respiratory and kidney diseases, endocrine disorders (menopause, thyroid issues, and others), chronic infections (lyme, hepatitis, et al), and autoimmune diseases ( such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease). There are very few Chinese Herbal Pharmacists teaching in the United States, and I was fortunate to study with Dr. Zhaolan Cao, an Herbal Pharmacist for over 20 years in China.

The most powerful of these tools is the raw herbal decoction, where loose bulk Chinese herbs are blended into a formula that is cooked at the patient’s home. These formulas vary from 70 grams to 140 grams of herbs (often around ¼ pound) per day. If you consider that most herbal pills are only ½ a gram in weight, you have to take upward of 50 pills per day to get the same strength. There are relatively few acupuncturist in this country that utilize this powerful form of medicine.

Alternately, we also carry Chinese herbal powders at a 5:1 concentration. Although more convenient, and an effective way to get a sufficient dose of Chinese medicine, they are not as effective as the decoctions for the same price.

Usually once a condition has largely resolved, which can take 4-8 weeks in most cases (longer for more serious conditions), a patient may be able to switch to a pill formula for maintenance for a longer period of time. Indeed, Chinese herbal pills are almost exclusively used as a maintenance therapy in China, not to get primary clinical results.

I have also been trained extensively in Drug-Herb interactions, and can create a customized formula that works in harmony with any pharmaceutical drugs you might be taking to avoid any potential interactions.

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