Chinese herbal medicine is a major component of health care in China. Many Chinese people choose Chinese herbs over western medicine because Chinese herbalists have a reputation for being very effective for many conditions that western medicine treats poorly or with potentially dangerous therapies. Many people in the U.S. and in Europe are coming to understand that, prescribed by a professional herbalist, Chinese herbs are safe and effective for a wide variety of conditions. In particular, dermatological conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis respond very well to properly prescribed herbs.
Custom herbal formulas are prescribed as concentrated powders that are mixed with boiling water. Premade herbal formulas are also used and are prescribed in pill or capsule form.
For 3,000 years, Chinese herbalists have been refining the use of plants, minerals and animal products for the treatment of disharmonies in the body as described by TCM. Many of these substances are described as adaptogens meaning that they help your body regulate its own functions. Chinese herbal medicine, like acupuncture, tries to restore proper functioning of the whole system and never goes against the wisdom of nature. When your system is being brought into balance you do not have side effects from the treatment.