There are many systems of herbal medicine world-wide. Herbal medicine is a major component of traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for over 3000 years in China. Before pharmaceuticals (and even the use of acupuncture needles) herbal remedies were used to heal and balance the human body. Chinese herbal medicine uses hundreds of plants and a few animal products, each with specific functions to restore balance to the body. Unlike other herbal traditions, the medicines are almost never used individually, but rather in groups called formulas that are tailored to specific patterns of imbalance and to specific individuals. This has the function of causing less side effects and a more holistic result. Formulas may be used for short periods of time or longer periods depending on what is being treated.
Chinese herbs have shown their effectiveness under the scrutiny of both empirical study and modern clinical trials. These herbs can be used to augment the treatment of a particular imbalance, working together or sometimes in place of acupuncture and other medicines. Unlike most pharmaceuticals, herbal prescriptions in Chinese Medicine are tailor-made for the individual.
Chinese Herbs are sometimes not as well known as the practice of acupuncture. Nonetheless, the herbs are actually just as important to your TCM therapy as your acupuncture treatment. Chinese Herbs are based on the same theories as acupuncture and allow your therapy to continue when you are away from the clinic. In Dr. Odell’s practice herbs are administered in various forms including raw herbs, pills, powders, teas, and tinctures. Great care is taken in selecting the form of herb that assures maximum results and best matches the patient's lifestyle.
Note: Some Chinese medicines that have been used for centuries are based on animal products. As an environmentally concerned practitioner Dr. Odell strives to maintain an ecologically healthy practice by not using those products that cause unnecessary harm to any animal, or using products from animals that are endangered. If you are a vegetarian or prefer to not use any animal-based medicines, please inform us and we will abide by those wishes.
In our natural pharmacy we carry an extensive selection of pharmaceutical grade food supplements, traditional Chinese herbal formulations, standardized herbal extracts, South American rainforest herbs, Swiss-German homeopathics, and assorted products for weight management, organ detoxification and tissue regeneration. These products are all of the highest purity and pharmaceutical quality and are offered to our patients at competitive prices.
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