Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese herbal medicine is a major part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for most acute and chronic conditions. Chinese herbal therapy draws from “Material Medical,” an extensive source book of information concerning the most commonly used medicinal substances in Traditional Chinese pharmacology. It covers thousands of herbs, minerals and other extracts.
Chinese herbal formulas are a combination of a guiding herb, a primary herb, and facilitator herb. The guiding herb take the formula to the area in the body that needs balancing; unlike western pharmaceutical, the herbs is not distributed to the entire body. The primary herb drives the formula to specific channels / meridians in the body that are unbalances and blocked. This herb also has a specific function in the balancing process. For example, if something is too cool, then the Ms. Marino will select an herb to warm it up. If something is too wet, then an herb to dry it will be selected, if something is to dry, an herb will be selected to moisten it. If something is too little, an herb is selected to build it up. If something is stuck, a moving herb will be selected to move it, if something is flowing inappropriately, an herb will be selected to make it flow in the right direction and amount.
Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. Chinese herbal therapy aims to help you regain homeostasis, or balance, in your body and to strengthen your body’s resistance to disease. Chinese herbs are particularly beneficial in the treatment of the following symptoms especially when used as an adjunct to acupuncture:
- Cold/flu symptoms
- Low energy, mental fatigue
- Improve digestion
- Improve your sleep
- Women’s health (endometriosis, cramps, breast cysts)
- Menopausal symptoms
Chinese herbal therapy can also be a valuable additional therapy in treatment of and to aid in body’s recovery from other chronic diseases.
Linda Marino will prescribe herbs either as primary therapy or as a complement to acupuncture treatments. Several diagnostic procedures will be conducted and detailed health history will be taken. This will include your past and current illnesses, and medication use. Once you have been fully assessed, Ms. Marino will make recommendations and provide either a proprietary or custom formula.
Chinese herbal therapy is not a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treatment. However, it can complement your conventional treatment plan. The practitioner is trained to know how herbal therapies interact with prescription medications. . In addition, they will always ask you about any over-the-counter medications and supplements you are taking to make sure that herbal therapy is safe and effective.
Chinese herbal therapies may be recommended when:
- You want to expedite the healing process
- Your body temperature needs to be regulated; hands/feet too cold, upper body too warm
- Your body is too damp or too dry
- You need therapy to counteract side effects of prescribed medications
- You are interested in preventive treatment