What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal treatment is an integrative part of Chinese Medicine and together with acupuncture has been used in the treatment of acute and chronic disorders. Generally, for acute conditions, e.g., viral infection, Chinese herbs should be taken every day 3-6 times per day until the condition resolves. For chronic conditions, herbs are most effective when they are taken daily 2-3 times per day for a longer duration.
How Our Herbal Formulas Are Made
At our clinic for Chinese Medicine in Denver, we mainly use custom-made herbal formulas. We hand-select all ingredients and combine them with care in our clinic, so we know exactly what goes into each prescription.
The individually crafted prescription is always based on the diagnosis and the patient’s general health. This means that we do not prescribe strong herbs to a weak, compromised, or debilitated patient.
In Chinese medicine, there are many cases in which specific illnesses are treated before symptoms arise. This is the true essence of TCM. We might also suggest dietary or lifestyle changes to assist you in achieving better overall long-term health.
During the initial evaluation, we will listen to your pulse and examine your tongue. There will be a thorough questioning of your current and past health history. An extensive physical examination will include palpation of painful areas and general observation of your facial color, body type, and speech. Through this process, we can establish an accurate assessment of your condition and develop a treatment plan based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Safety Measures and Interactions with Drugs
Chinese herbs are very potent. It is not advisable to take Chinese herbs without first establishing a proper diagnosis by a licensed acupuncturist and then taking a prescription tailored to your body.
There are many myths about herbs, their side effects, and herb-drug interactions. At our clinic, we take serious safety measures to make sure that our herbal prescriptions are SAFE and do not cause unwanted results.
Herb-drug and drug-drug interactions have become an important issue and are of great concern for all medical professionals. Many of our patients take medicine from multiple prescriptions written by several different MD’s. We want to know about all the medications and supplements our patients take before prescribing herbal formulas. This prevents potentially risky interactions. We welcome and are happy to consult with your physicians.
All our herbs come from a trusted company called KPC. KPC undergoes continuing quality control to provide the highest quality of herbs. All herbs are thoroughly tested for contamination by pesticides, heavy metals, sulfur, and many other contaminants.
All our herbal formulas meet GMP standards, are manufactured in the United States, and are batch tested to assure both safety and potency.
Acupuncture is a treatment method in Traditional Chinese Medicine where the practitioner inserts very thin needles in specific points (Acu-points) along energy pathways
Electro-Acupuncture aims to stimulate the body’s healing processes by sending electrical impulses through the channels, muscles, and nerves.
Cosmetic acupuncture, sometimes dubbed the acupuncture facelift, is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It helps you attain beauty from the inside out.
With cupping the practitioner uses glass cups to apply suction, stimulate blood flow, improve the circulation of energy (Qi) and rejuvenate energy pathways.