The origins of Chinese herbal medicine can be traced back at least 5,000 years

For as long as man has had an illness, they have looked to the earth for remedies. Many turn to Chinese herbal medicine as a natural and holistic approach to health care. It is trusted by people from a wide range of cultures and social backgrounds and is still a primary form of medicine in China.

How is Chinese medicine different?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is holistic

Herbal medicine is one of the main modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which looks at the body as a whole. The TCM practitioner takes a holistic approach to disease, and focuses on the prevention of illness as much as the treatment of it. The goal is to get to the root of the issue, as well as treat the symptoms of it.

Each TCM treatment protocol is individualized

Although many people may come in with the same disease or illness, each treatment might be different, depending on what other symptoms are present. For example: Three people might come in with fibromyalgia, and each of them might be treated differently depending on what other symptoms are present and what TCM Diagnostic Pattern they fall into. It is important to remember that a practitioner of Chinese Medicine does not treat the Western diagnosis, but proceeds according to how the patient presents within the framework of TCM.

Chinese herbal medicine is customized

A highly qualified practitioner will prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that has been specifically customized for your presentation and condition.

There are four main types of herbal formulas:

  • Raw: Requires a little bit of work on the consumer’s end. You will be given specific instructions on how to cook the herbs, save the liquid, and how to dose it throughout the day. The benefit of them is that they are highly potent, and can be easily customized.
  • Granular: The consumer follows the dosage instructions given by the herbalist. The granular formula is dissolved in hot water and taken multiple times a day. They are potent, and easily customized.
  • Patent (Pill): Most common form of herbal medicine. The patient will follow the dosage given by the herbalist. Not nearly as powerful as raw or granular, but get the job done. You are unable to adjust the individual herbs in a patent formula.
  • Tincture: Alcohol-based. Not as common as the other forms, mostly because of the alcohol content.

It is important to remember that regardless of what form of herbal medicine you are taking, you are the time release. Frequently, the herbs are taken multiple times a day to allow for a steady dosage. The ability to customize a formula allows for the practitioner to adjust the individual dosage of herbs based off how you are presenting that week.

CCHW uses granular and/or patent herbal formulas depending on the situation.

What substances are used in Chinese herbal medicine?

There are nearly 450 substances commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine. Most are roots, berries, twigs, and flowers, but there are also some animal and mineral substances. Many you may even find in your kitchen such as ginger, garlic, and cinnamon. Even flowers such as chrysanthemum and peony are used.

All of the Chinese herbal supplements sold at Calandra Center for Health & Wellness are certified GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).

Chinese herbs are recommended as a way to continue the treatment at home. They help to speed up the healing process and help to treat the root of the issue.

They are beneficial for a wide variety of pathologies. Including but not limited to: digestive dysfunction, headaches, painful menstruation, infertility, and Bell’s Palsy.

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Teri began her studies in energy medicine as part of her own personal development journey, and continues to to learn and integrate that knowledge into her practice. Teri is the founding practitioner of Calandra Center for Health & Wellness in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).