All traditional cultures have used some form of herbal medicine to treat illness and maintain health. The medicine we need to heal ourselves often grows all around us. For instance, aspirin was created from research on white willow bark, a substance that has traditionally been used as a form of herbal medicine in some Native American cultures.Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC.
Modern medicine is now studying many of the Chinese herbs that have been used for thousands of years. In fact, Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) even predates acupuncture, having been firmly established by 200BC (at the latest).
By the first century AD, much documentation of medicinal herbs and formulas already existed, and many of these are still in use today. Since its inception, Chinese Herbal Medicine has established how to differentiate between various dis-eased states and how to match the right prescription to the particular dis-ease. The thousands of years of accumulated knowledge help to make CHM a powerful healing modality.
Herbs can be either raw, powdered concentrate, or patent. The herbs I use are not the ones you read about in the news – they are all tested and follow strict manufacturing standards and many of the herbs are certified organic. After a thorough diagnosis using questions, tongue, pulse and abdominal palpation a customized formula is written and filled for you. Custom formulas cost about $10-20 per week on average.
The raw form is one that you cook yourself. If you love to cook and love the smell of herbs, then this is an excellent choice, especially as it is often the best method of treatment. All raw herbs used by George are either certified organic or guaranteed to have been grown without pesticides or herbicides.
Powdered formulas are concentrated herbal extracts that are much easier to use than raw herb. In fact, one only needs to mix them in hot or warm water. They are also guaranteed to be grown without harmful chemicals and are grown in Taiwan and follow good manufacturing practices. We have a powdered pharmacy in Stow of about 250 different herbs and formulas.
Patent formulas are pre-made herbal blends much like an over the counter vitamin supplement. They are prescribed in cases where a patient’s condition exactly matches the indications of the formula, or when convenience or cost is the most important factor. These are not used often as most people do need a customization to match their presentation.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a rich and complete medical system that is used to treat a variety of ailments throughout the world. It is the understanding of how to diagnose and properly write a formula that makes it so powerful. George continually studies with pre-modern Chinese Medicine masters and learns from case studies which really are the best way to improve clinical outcomes.
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