If you’ve ever taken prescription medications before, you know that those medications often contain ingredients that can wreak havoc on your system. We want to introduce you to an alternative medicine that won’t harm your body and instead will only benefit it. At 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue, WA, we offer Chinese herbal medicine to help complement acupuncture sessions so you can achieve your health and wellness goals and live a balanced and vibrant life.
Who Can Benefit From Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Almost everyone can benefit from Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbs come in different forms and combinations to treat and resolve specific conditions, health and wellness issues, and concerns. Not all patients who seek out this treatment have similar conditions. Still, most patients can benefit from some form of Chinese medicine since these herbs are powerful yet safe and don’t cause serious side effects like prescription medications often can.
Patients who can benefit from Chinese medicine come from all over the spectrum and include everyone from veterans to those suffering and recovering from worker’s comp injuries, women in menopause, men and women with infertility concerns, and others. The best way to determine which formulation of Chinese herbs is right for you and your condition is to schedule an initial consultation at our office where we can evaluate your condition and treat you accordingly.
What Is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is rooted in Chinese medicine and has been used for over 5000 years to treat and resolve various health conditions. Chinese medicine predates acupuncture and has been used to help individuals achieve balance and harmony within their bodily systems. These herbs can help treat various conditions minus the side effects that often accompany traditional prescription medications.
What Conditions Can It Treat?
The conditions that Chinese medicine can treat are almost endless. Herbal medicine can help treat minor health conditions and more significant ones. Many people have used Chinese herbal medicine alongside acupuncture to alleviate and treat some health conditions they have lived with for years. It can help treat some of the following conditions:
- Seasonal allergies
- Digestive issues
- Constipation, IBS, diarrhea, bloating
- The symptoms of menopause
- Side effects that a company cancer treatments
- Mood issues including anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and problems sleeping
- Infertility in men and women
- Menstrual system problems or irregularities
- Endometriosis, PCOS, and other reproductive health issues
- Muscle pain or injury
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint pain
Treating Health Conditions
Many patients have sought out Chinese medicine only after exhausting every other possible avenue in Western medicine with little or no success. Those same patients have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly and efficiently Chinese medicine has helped resolve their condition after spending years living with those symptoms and even pain.
Many couples seek out Chinese medicine to help with fertility support and find that they achieve a successful pregnancy after initiating treatment. While results do vary among patients, there’s a very high success rate among patients who seek out acupuncture and Chinese medicine to achieve optimal health and wellness and treat their health conditions.
When you take a prescription medication, you typically get medication with one potent and primary ingredient and several other fillers and additives. When you take Chinese herbs, you get several different groupings of herbs, and they all work together to help address your primary health concerns. The three primary herbal groupings in Chinese herbal medicine include the primary herbs, the secondary herbs, and the tertiary herbs.
Skilled herbalists never prescribe a single herb to treat a condition because they know just how important a combination of herbs is to helping patients find relief from their conditions. When an herbalist prescribes you Chinese herbs, that combination of herbs may include anywhere from four to twenty different herbs based on your needs and your goals. Each herb in this combination is an important part of your treatment plan.
When you begin a regimen that incorporates Chinese medicine, you may be prescribed a variety of different herbs. Still, the primary herb will be the one that aims to treat and correct your primary, most bothersome conditions. It will help move blood stasis, which is essentially stagnation of the blood that results from poor or slow blood flow to a certain area of the body.
Secondary herbs work to support the work of the primary herb. The secondary herbs also target your main condition and compliment the work of the primary herb to help increase blood flow and resolve blood stagnation in a specific body area, among other things.
Tertiary herbs added to your unique combination of Chinese herbs will help address other issues, including sleep problems or other conditions that may be symptoms resulting from your primary condition. These herbs are an important part of your overall treatment because they bring the other herbs into balance.
The Different Forms of Chinese Herbs
Chinese herbs come in many different forms. Our herbalist can create a customized formula for your needs or prescribe you a traditional formula. These formulas can come in many forms, including powders, teas, oral capsules, and other forms based on your preferences, your needs, and your lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
Chinese medicine has been used for well over 5000 years to safely treat men and women with different health conditions. You can rest assured that when we prescribe you a combination of herbs, that combination will be completely safe, made of the highest quality herbs.
We only use herbal products that are of the highest quality ingredients. We require that the herbs we use complete and pass 15 different manufacturer’s tests. These tests check for heavy metals, pesticides, yeast, mold, E. coli, salmonella, and bacterial counts.
How Does It Compare to Prescription Medication?
Chinese medicine is much safer than prescription medicine because it does not contain harsh or potent ingredients that could negatively impact other bodily systems. These herbs come from nature and are powerful and effective yet are gentle enough that they will not negatively affect your body. Instead, it’s just the opposite. They will help repair, heal, and balance the body so that you can be free of your condition and find relief from symptoms and pain.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe treatment that uses tiny, pre-sterilized, disposable, and stainless hair-thin needles that are inserted into different acupoints throughout the body. These acupoints all connect with one another to help initiate a healing process throughout the body based on your specific condition.
Do I Have to Use Herbs With Acupuncture to See Results?
Chinese herbs were used well before acupuncture, but the best results come from a treatment plan that combines both acupuncture sessions and Chinese herbal medicine. You can benefit from Chinese herbs without undergoing acupuncture, just as you can benefit from acupuncture without using Chinese herbs. However, you will see the most dramatic results when you combine both treatments to help treat and eliminate your particular health condition.
How Long Do I Need to Take Herbs?
Some patients benefit from taking herbs long-term, while others will finally resolve their condition after undergoing one treatment. Results vary among individuals based on their health condition and treatment plan.
It completely depends on your goals, your needs, and your condition. During an initial consultation here at our office, we can review the different formulations that will work best for your needs and give you a better idea of how long you should take those herbs to get the results you are hoping for.
When Will I Notice Results?
Some patients notice an immediate resolution of their condition immediately after beginning a regimen with Chinese herbs. These patients are usually struggling with some acute pain or injury. Patients struggling with more chronic conditions may not begin to experience relief from that condition until they undergo treatment for several weeks.
It completely depends on your body, your condition, and the severity of that condition. You can rest assured that Chinese herbs will help alleviate your pain or your symptoms; it may just take more time for some cases than others.
What Do They Taste Like?
If you choose a loose leaf tea formula or powder formula that you mix into hot water, you will taste the herbs. Most taste like herbal tea, but if you’re not a fan of their taste, you can simply add a little bit of honey or Stevia to sweeten your tea to enhance the taste and help you enjoy drinking it. If you are prescribed a pill form, you will simply swallow it as directed with water, and you will not taste anything at all.
Can I Order Herbs Myself?
While it may be tempting to create a concoction of herbs on your own, most Chinese herbs are not widely available at your local health food store. You may be able to find some, but most of these herbs are specialized, and it is best that you leave the prescription process to an educated and trained herbalist who will be able to customize a prescription for your needs.
You can rest assured that our herbs will be of the highest quality, something you can’t always trust when you try to self-prescribe herbs for your condition. The best herbs are those that are chosen and combined by an herbalist who understands your condition and how to best treat it.
Am I a Candidate?
If you are struggling with certain health conditions and you’ve tried every other avenue to try to find relief from your pain or symptoms, Chinese herbs may be the solution to your health concerns. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is by scheduling an initial consultation at our office to speak with one of our expert herbalist about your concerns.
This consultation will help us determine if Chinese herbal medicine will help you reach your health goals and experience balance and relief from your symptoms. Some herbs may have a negative reaction in patients with certain health conditions, so it is important that we understand your medical history to ensure that this treatment is the right one for you.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
If you’re looking for a way to balance your body, treat acute or chronic conditions that have been affecting you for months or years, this alternative solution may exactly what you need but never knew existed. Contact us today at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue, WA, to schedule an initial consultation with one of our herbalists to learn more about how this treatment can help you.