For centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used herbal remedies to offer people alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of everything from heartburn to side effects related to cancer treatment. Herbs are also used to support wellness in between visits to the practitioner or physician.
When paired with other forms of holistic medicine such as acupuncture, TCM can inspire healing of the body as well as the mind. Of course a healthy diet and exercise are also essential to maximizing the healing effects herbs can have on your overall wellness.
Because the human body is complex, and chemical balance is necessary to enjoy a high level of wellness, an herbal consultation is recommended to ensure you and your body function as well as possible.
What will happen during the first herbal consultation?
During the first visit, an herbalist who is certified in Oriental Medicine and herbal remedies will ask you a series of questions about many aspects of your health and wellbeing including your overall energy level, diet, mood, how well you feel your senses are functioning, and much more. These questions are designed to help you and your herbalist determine which herbs will best help you achieve your overall health goals.
In addition, your herbalist will perform a physical assessment. He or she will examine your skin, eyes, mouth and other areas of your body. Through the physical assessment, your herbalist may be able to determine if your body chemistry is deficient of any vital areas, which can be balanced through the use of herbs.
Finally, your herbalist will assess the more conventional signs of overall wellness, including checking your heart rate, taking detailed notes about your medical history involving chronic illness, disease and medication use, and discuss any current medical concerns you have. Once he or she fully understands your overall physical and emotional health, an herbal treatment program will be recommended to help you reach all of your wellness goals.
Are herbal remedies as effective as pharmaceuticals?
It may interest you to know that one-fourth of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanical ingredients (herbs). Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes far longer than pharmaceuticals – since around 3000 BC. Indigenous cultures have a long history of using herbs in healing rituals and they have been the basis of traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Whole herbs contain many ingredients that can be beneficial for one or many imbalances, and can be just as potent as a pharmaceutical. For this reason, it is highly recommended to consult with a certified herbalist that has experience and can assist you in finding an herb or combination of herbs that will assist you in meeting your health goals.
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