Developed thousands of years ago, Chinese Herbal Medicine is a truly balanced approach to treating any disease because it provides support to the individual’s constitution while relieving symptoms.
Traditional native people world-wide use herbs for health and to remedy illness. Chinese herbal medicine developed from tribal roots as part of ancient Chinese culture. By the first century AD, a listing of medicinal herbs and herbal formulations and their uses had been developed in China. The classic text on medicinal Chinese herbs was written during the Ming Dynasty (1152-1578) by Li Shi-Zhen, one of the greatest Chinese doctors, scientists, herbalists and acupuncturists in history. It listed nearly 2,000 herbs and extracts and the uses for them.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a Complementary Resource for Acupuncturists
One of the greatest resources of the practicing acupuncturist is their understanding of Chinese Herbal Therapy. Usually, Western pharmaceutics-based medicine uses a single substance to treat symptoms. But Chinese Herbal Medicine uses a blend of herbs in very personalized formulas to address the underlying condition of a symptom.
I have been studying herbology for over 20 years, and attending NCNM (now NUUM) in Portland provided me with excellent groundwork for a lifetime of learning and practicing Chinese Herbal Medicine. In my clinic, I may recommend a variety of herbs and supplements to treat acute or chronic conditions or to improve overall health. Herbal formulas come in capsules, powders and bulk herbs, although primarily I use herbs in capsules for convenience. Many times, I will call in a customized granule or powdered formula to a nearby medicinary to be filled for you to pick up. Incorporating herbal formulas with Acupuncture sessions, helps to strengthen the overall treatment and can lead to faster and more long lasting results.
Acupuncture works on the energetic level of a person, while Herbs work on the material aspect of a person. Combining both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine helps patients to achieve lasting positive benefits. If you are fearful of needles and only want a Chinese Herbal Consultation, Mari will work with you, too.
Mari is one of the best. She has an innate knowing of the body and spirit of the person she is working with and finds the correct combination of acupuncture, herbal support, and life style suggestions for each situation that is being treated. She is kind, knowing, and compassionate in every session. I would recommend her to anyone!…. and I have!