Used alone or in conjunction in acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on many of the same principles and is used to address both manifesting symptoms and the root imbalances that underlie them. While Western medicines are often designed to override the body’s natural functions, which can create other side effects, Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on creating a resonance with the individual by reminding the body of it’s optimal functioning when in balance. As such, Chinese Herbal Medicine can also be a very effective compliment to Western medications to support a person’s overall wellbeing.
Similar to a recipe, herbal formulas combine individual herbs that enhance and balance one another to produce a more powerful effect. As a result, it is not uncommon for a single formula to treat seemingly unrelated symptoms and support an individual on multiple levels–from the physical to mental and emotional.