Chinese Herbal Medicine is the main treatment modality within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is the world's oldest, continually practiced professional medicine. Its written history stretches back over 2,500 years and its practice is probably much older than that. By way of a thorough diagnosis, the doctor will analyze your body's individual disharmonies. The doctor will then develop an intricate prescription to restore your delicate internal equilibrium by mixing a number of herbs chosen from the standard 500 traditional Chinese herbs. Methods of diagnosis and prescription are extensively studied in the 5 year Traditional Chinese Medical School program.
Chinese Herbal medicine may include vegetable, animal, and mineral ingredients. However, the majority of ingredients are from vegetable sources. Leaves, flowers, twigs, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes, and bark are among the parts of the vegetable used.
The most common method of taking Chinese herbal medicine is drinking a liquid, prepared by boiling the selected herbs. There are also herbal pills, tinctures, and powdered extracts for those who do not have the time or taste for drinking the more traditional liquid form. Dr. Fu is currently prescribing powdered extracts to be mixed with hot water, taking less time out of your busy schedule.
Although acupuncture was the first Chinese method of treatment to gain wide acceptance in the West, Chinese herbal medicine is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular and effective alternative therapies in the West. Physicians who practice only with herbs are more numerous than those who practice only with acupuncture in China.