If you’ve ever wondered how herbal medicine could help you, you aren’t alone. Many people have heard of the incredible health benefits of TCM herbs but aren’t sure if it could do anything for them. Herbal treatments are a complementary component of acupuncture that can help restore harmony and balance in the body. At 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue, WA, we use these herbal treatments to support your health and treat a variety of health concerns. Below we look at some of the most popular herbal medicines our patients receive.
What Is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicine is a facet of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that uses natural, plant-based ingredients to prevent, treat, and heal disease and illness. TCM is a comprehensive medical system that includes acupuncture, energy practices like Tai Chi, and holistic herbal remedies. The fundamental concept behind this ancient technique is to balance the vital life force Qi (or chi). Any imbalance in Qi disrupts the body and manifests as sickness and poor health.
Balancing the forces of yin (receptive, feminine) with yang (active, masculine) creates harmony in the body that people experience as feeling healthy. Ancient Chinese doctors recognized that humans are a part of the natural order of the larger universe. We are subject to its forces and can use ingredients from the earth to heal any ailment.
TCM categorizes the body’s organs by the primordial elements: earth, fire, water, wood, and metal. The practice of herbal medicine integrates at least 5,000 years of knowledge to deliver stability and harmony to the body through herbal remedies.
We use herbal treatment with other integrative medical practices as per the ancient Chinese tradition. Using herbal treatment with acupuncture treatments is the most effective way to reach your health and wellness goals.
Finest Quality Supplementation
We customize all plant-based medication to your body and specific needs. The natural approach is a strong and positive departure from over-the-counter herbal supplements that cannot take your circumstances into account. Visiting 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine gives you access to the highest quality herbs that go through over fifteen independent safety and quality checks. Our herbs are free from harmful chemicals or heavy metals and are produced in medicinal environments.
What Sorts of Issues Can Be Treated With Herbal Medicine?
It’s important to remember that TCM is a complete medical system suitable to treat all ailments, illnesses, and diseases. It’s impossible to list every issue that could benefit from this treatment because it can help any problem under the sun.
Below we list some of the most common reasons patients come to 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine seeking herbal treatment. If you have concerns not listed below, please contact us for a consultation. Our experts get to know you to find the tailor-made herbal solution and acupuncture protocol that best serves your body.
Everyone deserves to live a life free of pain and full of blissful clarity. Addiction is the act of self-medicating to treat physical, psychological, or emotional pain. Addiction issues arise when the substance contains ingredients that the body becomes dependent on and when the mind becomes dependent on the feeling the substance produces. Using TCM for addiction treatment is a non-habit forming alternative that works to both heal the underlying causes of pain while assisting your body in the detox process.
Anxiety disorders are more prevalent in the U.S. than any other mental health concern. Around 40% of adults suffer from the uncomfortable, and at times, unbearable symptoms of anxiety. Many people choose to endure suffering to avoid potentially harmful pharmaceutical medications. However, no one needs to suffer through life; we offer a variety of proven-effective herbal medications for anxiety.
For thousands of years, TCM has tested and refined the precise plants that help to alleviate arthritis symptoms. TCM discovered that arthritis is the product of blocked Qi and blood flow. TCM identifies four distinct types of arthritis that include those that produce numbing, swelling, tenderness; sharp localized pain; wandering pain; and pain that settles into specific joints. We find the best pain management treatment options for you by first identifying your type of arthritis.
Bronchitis, coughing, asthma, lung disease, asbestos exposure problems, and other breathing issues find relief through select blends of healing herbs and acupuncture. We work to identify the cause of your breathing issues and then curate personalized treatment based on your health needs.
Western Medicine is now acknowledging the pivotal role TCM can play as a complementary treatment for cardiovascular disease. Heart problems and cardiovascular disease are the most common cause of death worldwide. Chronic heart failure, diabetes, ASCVD, and dyslipidemia are among the many factors of cardiovascular disease that herbal treatments and acupuncture support.
Cold or Flu Treatment
Although cold and flu symptoms usually go away on their own after time, how long you’ll feel unwell is up in the air. Most people would prefer to avoid lengthy downtime after contracting an illness. The flu shot only reduces your chances of contracting the flu by around 50% on any given year. If you don’t have time to spare questioning when you might feel better, the best solution is to visit us for an herbal treatment. We provide you with the help you need to get back on your feet again.
Living with colitis or ulcerative colitis is a pain that you no longer need to experience. In recent years, the medical community has discovered the right blend of TCM herbs to treat intractable ulcerative colitis. TCM works in cases that were not responsive to conventional Western drug therapy. Using a combination of these delicately mixed herbs with acupuncture puts you on your way to living life more freely.
Persistent feelings of sadness or low mood are usually caused by the stagnation of Qi in the liver. Reigniting the flow of liver Qi through acupuncture and herbs can help lift even the most severe cases of depression with consistent use. Often patients use TCM with talk therapy to receive optimal results.
Many studies reveal the effectiveness of TCM for depression is equal to or better than conventional Western treatments. The herbs used in the treatment are non-habit forming. They don’t pose a risk for the common undesirable cessation symptoms found with pharmaceutical antidepressants.
Imbalances in the stomach and spleen Qi meridians are the cause of many digestive and gastrointestinal issues. When these energy lines become tangled or disharmonious, a variety of unpleasant symptoms may arise. Nausea, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, loose stools, and indigestion are among the many stomach-related conditions digestive herbs can help.
Lethargy, fatigue, low-energy, malaise—that nagging feeling that might have you reaching for a tall glass of caffeine is easily remedied without stimulants. Caffeine exacerbates the sleepiness problem by promoting extra amounts of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. We can help your body create the energy it needs on its own without overworking your adrenals.
Living with chronic headaches is one of the most frustrating ailments patients encounter. The pervasive pain can interrupt daily life in every way imaginable, from your mood to personal relationships. Whether you suffer from migraines, tension headaches, or any other type of headache, medicinal herbs with acupuncture can help.
TCM and herbal treatments have been used for centuries to support fertility. If you have been trying to get pregnant without success, schedule a consultation with us. Our tailor-made TCM for fertility treatments increase conception chances and bring your body and mind back into a state of harmony.
Losing sleep impacts every area of life, from your outlook to concentration to immune function. Sleep disorders, including insomnia, can come from a variety of physical and psychological causes. We work to identify the cause of your sleep problems to bring calmness and balance back to your life through herbal treatments and acupuncture. The result is consistently peaceful rest.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a frustrating condition that seems to baffle experts in Western Medicine. Often an IBS diagnosis is the last-resort label for digestive conditions that the conventional medical community cannot explain. TCM views this condition differently. We understand the link between digestive disorders and stagnant liver Qi. We deliver harmony to the liver and support spleen function to ease symptoms and prevent future flare-ups.
Menopause Support (Natural)
Menopausal changes are famous for their slew of unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and physical changes that make a woman’s life uncomfortable, at best. At worst, these symptoms can completely alter a woman’s way of life. Although most women can expect to experience some changes associated with menopause, many don’t seek treatment because of unfavorable stories about chemically based treatments. TCM is the world’s first and most effective natural method for menopause support.
If you are living with the symptoms of neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy, herbal treatments with acupuncture can help. TCM discovered that neuropathy is caused by dampness moving to the limbs, where it blocks Qi and blood flow. We find out the cause of the dampness and restore flow to the area. Improved circulation soothes and repairs nerve tissues to deliver you relief from numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, and coordination improvement.
Whether you are suffering from situational or chronic pain, we have an herbal remedy for you. We treat pain resulting from anything from nerve pain to fractures to menstrual cramping. Pain originates from a complex network of nerves that we are experts in recognizing. The best part of using TCM for pain management is that it’s non-habit forming and heals your body from the inside out. We use herbs and acupuncture to stimulate neurotransmitters, hormones, and the immune system to activate your body’s natural pain-dulling response system.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a significant condition that affects millions of people in the U.S. The condition results from a person experiencing a traumatic event or events. Fortunately, all medical communities understand more about PTSD now than at any other time in history. We specialize in the treatment of PTSD through TCM. We use herbs and acupuncture to relieve symptoms and help PTSD-affected patients resume regular daily activities.
Acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea are among the many skin conditions we treat at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine. Our herbal blends can release skin toxins and reduce the inflammation that contributes to a variety of skin problems. Many conventional treatments contain ingredients that can wreak havoc on other areas of the body. With herbal treatment, you are protecting your immune system while improving your general sense of wellbeing.
Schedule a Consultation
Herbal medicine can supplement any conventional treatment or, in many cases, succeed as an independent treatment. We proudly serve our veterans and encourage anyone, including workers comp patients, to contact us for a consultation. We’ll discuss your specific health needs and find a TCM treatment plan just for you.
If you are ready to experience the extraordinary wellness benefits that have over 5,000 years of evidence, get in touch with us. Contact us today at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue, WA to schedule your consultation.