Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
We are excited to offer Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine to you in the same affordable and effective community model. Herbal medicine offers a safe and powerful way of reinforcing and strengthening the effects of acupuncture. In a sense, you get to take your treatment home with you, where you can re-experience its benefit on a daily basis. Plants, minerals, and animal products have been used medicinally around the world for pretty much the entire span of human history.
What does it treat?
Herbal medicine can treat a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic. Our particular strengths and skills include working with you on:
- gastrointestinal, auto-immune, and neurologic disorders
- supportive cancer care
- chronic pain conditions such as arthritis
- symptoms of Lyme disease
- men’s and women’s reproductive disorders
- respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis
- chronic skin conditions.
How often do I need to come?
Our goal is to help you get back to health so that you no longer need regular treatment. Typically, the longer you’ve had a problem, the longer it will take for it to resolve. For chronic complaints, we recommend that people begin by coming in once a week for 4-6 weeks. Once you are in a more stable pattern and the goal is to maintain progress, you'll need less frequent visits and can either take home multiple weeks' worth of herbs from a single consult, or can re-fill a formula weekly if it is working well for you.
How do I take my herbs?
You'll go home with a custom powdered formula which is mixed with warm water and drunk daily.
Can I combine acupuncture and herbal medicine?
Yes! We highly recommend it. If you'd like to do both during the same visit, you can schedule an acu-herb combo treatment. We offer herbal medicine consults on Monday afternoons, Wednesday afternoons, and Saturdays.
How do you source your herbs?
We source our herbs from trusted companies that rigorously test their herbs to ensure quality, authenticity, and the absence of contaminants.
What style of herbal medicine do you practice?
We practice a form of Classical Chinese herbal medicine that was developed and perfected by the Tian family in a busy community clinic in Chengdu, China. This herbal lineage utilizes classical herbal formulas which have been in use for more than 1,800 years and are modified to suit each individual. We rely on efficient, precise diagnosis based on skilled inquiry and pulse-taking, a method that translates beautifully to the affordable, high-volume context of modern community acupuncture.