Is Chinese herbal medicine safe?
Under supervision of a licensed herbalist, Chinese herbal medicine is a safe and effective way to improve most medical conditions. Traditional Chinese herbs are natural and do not contain harsh chemicals or preservatives.
In what forms can Chinese herbs be prescribed?
- Raw herbs are the whole herb, i.e., leaves, bark, roots, seeds, or flowers. The herbs are boiled to make a tea and drank over three or four days.
- Granules are raw herbs in which the active components have been extracted and condensed into powder. The powder is dissolved in hot water and drank as a tea.
- Capsules are granules that have been encapsulated in an empty gelatin capsule.
- Pills are granules that have been compounded and pressed together. Most pills have binders and a coating that are not Chinese herbs.
- Tinctures are a liquid herbal extract made by soaking herbs in solvents. They can be taken sublingually or added to hot water.
How often should I take Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs are usually taken two or three times per day. Doses may vary depending on age, body weight, severity of condition, and constitution.
How long should I take Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs should be used only for as long as your condition warrants. Herbs are meant to change the body's function to overcome imbalances. They are generally not meant to be used as nutritional or pharmaceutical supplements or replacements. Some herbs are known to have negative side effects if used in large doses or over long periods of time.
Can I take Chinese herbs with my prescription medication?
Most people who are taking prescription medicines will be able to take traditional Chinese herbs. Please inform your practitioner of any medications you are taking so that possible herb-drug interactions can be avoided.
Can children and elderly take Chinese herbs?
Yes, children and elderly are able to take herbs. However, the dosing of the herbs must be adjusted based on age, body weight, severity of condition, and constitution.
Can pregnant women take Chinese herbs?
Caution must be used in pregnant women who wish to take herbs. Please contact your practitioner to see if taking herbs while pregnant is right for you.