Herbs, a Natural Alternative to Pharmaceutical Treatments
Like Acupuncture, Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to help people feel better and more vital – and to live longer, richer lives. Herbs are used to treat many different illnesses and restore normal body functions. One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese herbal therapy is the low risk of adverse side effects, especially compared to today’s pharmaceutical drugs. You might be surprised to learn that many of today’s wonder drugs are derived from herbs and plant remedies! Herbal medicine, and the reliance on plants for healing is in fact as natural as eating – just as food and the spices we use have nutrients that help maintain health, herbs have nutrients and special properties that help us fight disease and improve our overall health.
Most people are familiar with herbal remedies such as Echinacea, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, and St. John’s Wort. Chinese herbal medicine has over 300 substances in its pharmacopia. Most herbs are derived from roots, barks, leaves, seeds and flowers. They may undergo processing by roasting, drying, or baking to increase their healing properties. They may be cooked into teas, processed into pills or dried into powdered granules. To create specific energetic effects to the body, multiple herbs are combined into formulas. Each patient receives a formula created specifically for his or her individual condition. Herbology is a complex science that requires many years of study, and herbologists must pass a rigorous national board examination.
Herbs primarily function to strengthen and nourish the body’s Chi and blood to promote healing and increase vitality. Pailin is very passionate about the study of herbs and their power to heal. She is an expert herbologist and prepares custom formulas based on each of her patient’s specific needs.