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Chinese Herbs

Treat and prevent disease with all-natural herbal remedies for health and healing

 



Drug-Free Relief

safely address concerns or side-effects of prescription drugs


Versatile

relief for a wide range of conditions, from arthritis and pain to anxiety and depression


Adaptable

formulas are tailored specifically to your constitution and condition


Easy to Swallow

teapills are not only portable and tasteless, but extremely small (±6mm)


About Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine together with acupuncture, massage, diet, and qigong comprise the five pillars of traditional Chinese medicine. Thousands in number, Chinese medicinals include plant, animal* and mineral materials. Herbs are an integral component of treatment and assist in addressing a wide range of conditions.

The main difference between Chinese herbs and Western drugs is the attention paid to balance. For example, Western pharmaceuticals excel at isolating and concentrating an active ingredient of a single herb. Meanwhile, in emphasizing a system of checks and balances, Chinese herbalists rarely prescribe anything less than a formula comprised of three herbs. Each formula is built specifically to a patient’s constitution and condition; and each herb is carefully selected to guide without disturbing the body in its healing process.

*Vegetarians and vegans: Formulas can be prescribed to omit animal products.

Indications

Chinese herbs are often prescribed as an adjunct to acupuncture, treating conditions such as:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Common Cold
  • Depression
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sore Throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tooth Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vomiting

Forms of Herbs

Raw Herbs

Perhaps the greatest benefit of a raw formula is that it is the most tailored option for one’s diagnosis. Each herb is chosen and can be prepared specifically to provide the best results. These formulas are boiled at home twice a day, every other day.

Granules

These powdered formulas are made by spraying pre-cooked formulas onto an excipient, such as maltodextrin. Granules are more portable than raw formulas, but provide fewer options for customization. To prepare them, patients have only to dissolve them in hot water.

Teapills

The most cost-effective of Chinese herbal options, these small pills are also known as “ready-made” medicine. They are easy to swallow and easy to carry during travels. The downside to these formulas is that they are non-customizable.

Topical Use Only

Topical herbal formulas are typically prescribed as an adjunct to internal formulas for treating skin conditions and trauma.

What to Expect

Chinese Herbal Consultation

New patients go through a full history and evaluation, addressing:

  • physical history
  • emotional concerns
  • lifestyle choices
  • diet
  • supplementation
  • medication
  • coordinating care

Diagnostics taken may include pulse, tongue, blood pressure, and body temperature.

Picking Up Herbs

After consultation, patients are prescribed a teapill, granule or raw herb formula. Granules and raw herbs are prepared through Bastyr Dispensary and can be shipped to the patient or picked up. Teapills can be ordered online or picked up locally, at such dispensaries as Dandelion Botanical Company or Bastyr Dispensary.