Chinese Herbal Medicine
It is widely believed that the practice of Chinese herbalism is the oldest form of medicine in the world. It is based on the same medical theory as acupuncture — the in-depth diagnostic process that brings the practitioner to a very specific understanding of a patient. Once a diagnosis is reached, I create a formula, typically choosing a combination of herbs, much like I choose acupuncture points. Herbal medicine may be used alone, or as an adjunct to acupuncture treatment. I am nationally certified in Chinese herbal medicine and maintain an extensive dispensary onsite at the clinic. It contains substances of plant, mineral and animal origin. Some of the herbs are common plants familiar to most people, like ginger, peppermint, ginseng and sesame seed; others are less well known, like schisandra, ophiopogon or leonuris. I do not use any endangered species, and my supplier carefully monitors the herbs for safety and authenticity.