Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
In Chinese culture herbs are considered to be part of their food culture. Many herbs are a part of their ordinary diet that can benefit a person's well being. There are hundreds of different herbs described in the Chinese pharmacopeia that are combined into carefully composed herbal teas or formulas to suit the needs of an individual.
What happens during a consultation?
First appointments will be scheduled slightly longer than subsequent visits to allow the Practitioner to take a full medical history. The Practitioner will use Chinese tongue and pulse diagnosis, a physical examination if required, and a discussion of prognosis, and the most appropriate course of treatment will be determined. After this the Practitioner will tailor a prescription reflecting your current condition. This prescription can be altered on every visit depending on any change and/or improvement.
What conditions can herbal medicine treat?
Chinese herbs can be used to treat a wide range of conditions ranging from infertility, digestive issues, skin problems, respiratory difficulties, allergies to autoimmune diseases. Many conditions, especially in their chronic forms, present great difficulty for conventional medicine whereas Chinese herbs can be highly effective.
Can I keep taking herbs if I am sick?
It depends on the condition you are being treated for. You should discontinue use if you develop a fever, have flu like symptoms, or experience digestive issues. The Practitioner is available for questions or concerns.
Can someone else with the same illness use my prescription?
The herbal prescription is specific to a person and should only be taken by that person.
How long will I need to take the herbs?
This depends on your condition, the severity, and if it is acute or chronic. The Practitioner will give you their opinion during the consultation.
Are there any foods I should avoid?
This depends on the condition but it is generally recommended to avoid excessively spicy, rich, or greasy foods.
Can I drink alcohol?
It is best to avoid alcohol during the course of treatment.
Are there any medications contraindicated with Chinese herbs?
Yes, it is important that you always tell your Practitioner about all medications and the dosage. Notify them of any changes while you are undergoing treatment. Your Practitioner will be able to adjust the prescription accordingly.
Can I take vitamins and/or supplements?
As a generally rule, yes, but you should consult your Practitioner.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or trying to become pregnant?
Tell your Practitioner if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant so they can tailor your prescription accordingly. Chinese medicine can be beneficial for increasing fertility and assisting a healthy pregnancy.
Are herbs safe for babies and children?
There is pediatric line specifically designed for little ones.
Are Chinese herbs safe to take?*
Yes they are safe, although there are always risks to taking any medication. Adverse reactions to Chinese medicine are extremely rare and in comparison to Western pharmaceuticals, they have remarkably few side effects.
How are Chinese herbs taken?
They come in different forms. Raw herbs (roots, barks, stems, flowers and mineral substances) are decocted into a tea to be taken 2 to 3 times a day. Granules are dried herbal extracts which is added to warm water to make the tea. Pills and capsules are the most convenient and portable option.
Can I buy herbs from you without a consultation?
No, herbal medicine is only dispensed after a consultation with a fully qualified Practitioner. Prescriptions are specific to the individual and their present condition. We do not sell individual herbal ingredients or formulas over the counter.
How much do herbs cost?
It depends on the prescription, the severity of your condition, and the course of treatment.
* Our herbs are sourced from companies with strict manufacturing specifications and tested for harmful pesticides, biological contamination and heavy metals. Please learn more about the companies we use:
Golden Flower: http://gfcherbs.com/index.php/manufacturing/
Blue Poppy Enterprises: http://www.bluepoppy.com/help.asp
Kan Herb: https://www.kanherb.com/cons_sa_main.asp