Chinese Herbal Medicine

2210 Encinitas Blvd., Ste E
Encinitas, CA 92024


What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine focuses on restoring balance in the body and treating the underlying pattern of disharmony that is giving rise to a particular symptom, condition, or disease. Chinese herbal formulas are usually made up of a variety of herbs, minerals, and animal extracts. Typically, there are one or two herbs in a formula that have the greatest effect on problem being treated. Other ingredients treat minor aspects of the problem, or direct the formula to specific parts of the body or are used to balance the formula. For over thousands of years, the Chinese have used herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Originally Chinese herbal formulas were prepared as decoctions (tangs) or sans (powdered). Today for ease of use you can find Chinese herbal formulas in capsules, tablets, granules, syrups, tinctures, powders and raw herbs ready for decoctions. If you are a vegetarian and would prefer a vegetarian or vegan option just let me know and I will create a custom formula for you as per your preference.

Chinese herbal medicine has three main functions:

  • It treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions, such as infections and pain.
  • It helps heal chronic illnesses, such as gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disorders, immune system deficiencies, etc., by tonifying or harmonizing the body.
  • It helps maintain optimal health by keeping the body balanced.

What are the side effects of herbal medicine?

In general, herbs can treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Compared to pharmaceutical medicine, Chinese herbal medicine is gentler and safer because it is made of natural products and balanced by combination of herbs to counteract side effects. Chinese herbs are generally not used as single herbs but are combined synergistically to have a balanced formula.
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