Herbal medicine is the main treatment method within Traditional chinese medicine
(TCM). TCM is the world's oldest, continually practiced professional medicine. Its written history stretches back over 2,500 years and its practice is probably much older than that.
Chinese herbal medicine is based on an individualized pattern diagnosis as well as the symptom or disease diagnosis. Your pattern is made up of your signs and symptoms, your emotional temperament and the overall composition of your body. Herbal formulas are crafted to treat your entire pattern as well as the symptoms or disease that prompted you to seek treatment.
Herbs may include vegetable, animal, and mineral ingredients, however, the majority of the ingredients are from vegetable sources: leaves, flowers, twigs, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes and bark.
Chinese herbs can be taken in a variety of methods: liquid form, pills and powders. The chinese herbal formulas administered by Rula Giosmas are in convenient pill form.
Chinese herbal medicines have few, if any side effects. They have a low toxicity, and formulas can be modified until there are no side effects.
Chinese herbal medicines can be used to treat:
-acute diseases, like intestinal flu and the common cold
-chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and chronic viral diseases
-degenerative diseases due to aging
Chinese herbal medicine is especially good for promoting the body's ability to heal and recover from illness and is commonly used in combination with acupuncture treatments.
Excerpts of above information courtesy of the American Society of Acupuncturists.