Chinese Herbal Medicine | North Vancouver

What is Acupuncture

Chinese herbal medicine has been an important component of the health care system in China and has been practiced safely for thousands of years. Chinese herbalists were proficient observers who recorded much of the healing and pain relief they achieved, passing the best formulas on to future generations. Chinese herbal formulas are composed of carefully balanced combinations of several different herbs that are tailored to the individual’s needs. Combining herbs this way strengthen the effect of the formula and reduce the side effects of each other. In keeping with the holistic approach to healing, Chinese herbal medicine works to treat the root cause of the presenting problem, as well as the symptoms.

Chinese herbal medicine is used effectively to treat a wide variety of diseases, ranging from the common cold to menstrual pain to extreme trauma. For best results, Chinese herbal formulas are often prescribed to reinforce acupuncture treatments and help build strength and vitality in the body. The formulas available at this clinic are in easy-to-take tincture, pill, or granule or format. The tinctures are made with herbs that are organic or chemical free.

Are Chinese herbal formulas safe?
Chinese herbals are quite safe when prescribed by a trained herbalist. Typically herbs work at a more subtle and holistic level compared to Western drugs, however they can be quite powerful and may produce negative reactions if taken by someone other than the patient. For this reason, Chinese herbal formulas are chosen specifically for to your condition and may not be effective for someone else who has similar symptoms and should not be shared. In addition, it is important that you notify Silviaif you are taking any medications, supplements or vitamins to avoid any potential negative interactions.

How long will I have to take the formula?
Each person’s course of treatment will be different. In acute conditions, such as a cold or flu, you may need to take the formula only a few days. For more chronic concerns like digestive or menstrual problems, you may take the formula for several weeks to several months. As your condition & symptoms change, the combination of herbs within the formula may also need to be changed.  The goal is to correct the problem so that you can go off the formula. Chinese formulas are not designed to be taken for a lifetime. Instead, they should treat the imbalance and then let your body take over its natural state of balance.