Herbal medicine is the substantial counterpart to the energetic medicine of acupuncture. Many conditions greatly benefit from the use of Chinese herbal therapy alone, or with acupuncture. Herbs, which include plants, flowers and minerals are highly specific in their actions and possess diverse qualities and properties to target different aspects of disharmony. Herbal formulas are specifically tailored to the individual needs of each patient and come in many forms, including herbal teas, pills, powders or tinctures. We are highly trained in herb contraindications and herb/drug interactions. At Retreat Acupuncture herbal prescriptions are written according to your specific condition and needs. We only carry and recommend herbs from companies that have been tested for safeness and purity.
Chinese medicine is greatly centered around the dispensing of Chinese herbs. Formulas typically consist of several herbal medicinal ingredients that are prescribed and prepared to yield a specific healing application. In other words, the ingredients are prepared in very specific methods to create a medicinal formula. Herbal formulas may be applied most conditions once a differential diagnosis has been determined. Contrary to popular misunderstanding, Chinese herbs and formulas are not akin to dietary supplements and are not used in a similar fashion traditionally.