There are roughly 13,000 Chinese herbs recorded and over 10,000 recorded formulas (combinations of Chinese herbs). In China, acupuncturists are like physical therapists – treating physical aches and pains – and herbalists are like internal medicine doctors. They are regarded with the same prestige as Westerners give cardiologists and oncologists. Chinese herbs are extremely safe to take; there are rarely any side effects or complications. Tell your herbalist about any Western medications you are taking so that she can tell you if there are any problems with taking both.
We use Chinese herbal medicine to treat problems such as fatigue, hormone imbalance, allergies, digestive problems, skin problems, hypertension, and insomnia.
In our clinic, we use about 700 various herbs and formulas. We use Chinese pulse testing, as well as blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and coloration to diagnose the best herbal prescription for your condition. The herbs we use are powdered and are usually combined in warm water to make a tea. Children and babies can combine the herbs into applesauce or juice. We also carry a full line of pediatric tinctures for children and babies.
Some of the benefits to taking Chinese herbs are:
- They are all-natural. The herbs we use are from California. They do not contain animals and are not sulferated. Mostly, they are organic and regulated by the FDA.
- They work to support your own body’s natural systems. Eventually, your need for the herbs will diminish as your body starts to work better on its own.
- Even when we focus on one area, you tend to notice other areas improving at the same time. For example, if we use herbs to treat your Heart, you would notice: better sleep, more calm feeling, and improved memory and mental functioning as well as lowered blood pressure and better overall Heart functioning.
Nicole Lentfer, L.Ac. has been mastering the art of Chinese herbal prescriptions for over 13 years and can help you with most of your health problems with these healing plants.