Lotus Root Acupuncture

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Chinese herbal medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine, barring emergency care. Over two millennia Chinese physicians have systematically observed and classified more than 5,000 plant, animal and mineral substances according to  their medicinal effect.

The properties of herbs have been defined by taste (acrid, sweet, bitter, sour and salty), and temperature (hot, cold, warm, cool and neutral). The action of herbs is to “target” specific organs or channels. For example, the lotus root herb is sweet, astringent and neutral in temperature. It’s medicinal properties enter the Lung, Stomach and Liver.

Typically, herbalists select from about 200 - 300 different herbs and 75 classic, traditional herbal formulas. Formulas may be modified by adding or subtracting single herbs to more specifically address an individual’s unique pattern of disharmony. A practitioner selects an herbal formula by the same system of diagnosis employed for determining an acupuncture treatment.

While acupuncture works with the body’s existing energy, herbs add their properties to the body. A formula can be taken as a tea made by brewing raw herbs, as a powder or granulation dissolved in warm water, capsules or as teapills. All herbs are farmed and manufactured according to the highest standards of Good Manufacturing Practices, including strict testing at all stages of manufacture, for active ingredient composition, heavy metals, pesticides, etc.

Herbal consultation can be done separately from acupuncture. Herbal diagnosis for acupuncture patients is offered at no added charge, other than the cost of the herbs.

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