Food as Medicine
Influenced by Taoist philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes living in harmony with the laws of nature. This includes not only eating a whole food, plant-based diet with as little processed food and added sugar as possible, but also encourages eating what grows seasonally. Nature knows best to not serve a cooling watermelon in the Winter! Chinese cuisine also seems to be particularly skillful in adding beneficial herbs to its dishes in order to help with either digestion (SHENG JIANG aka as ginger) or to strengthening one’s constitution (HUANG QI aka as astragalus).
Herbs are an essential component of the Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat the root of the disease. Herbal Formulas may be prescribed alone or to enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture. A formula can consist of anywhere between 5 to 15 herbs and is tailored to each individual’s unique constitution. As the body rebalances, the condition ameliorates and the symptoms improve, the herbs within the formula are modified.
A pharmaceutical drug only contains one single active chemical, while herbs in their natural form contain many active ingredients. Side effects are rare, since these ingredients are balancing each other. Within a formula, the herbs are combined for their synergistic effect, their ability to enhance each other. Addressing the presentation of symptoms in a holistic way while minimizing side effect.
Chinese Herbal Medicine can be prescribed in several different forms. a) Raw herbs boiled into a tea b) Granules to be mixed with hot water c) Patent Herbs in form of tablets or capsules. Herbal medicine is most often taken 2-3 times a day for weeks or several months.
Prescribed by an experienced and qualified practitioner, herbs are safe to take and rarely cause unwanted side-effects. All of the Chinese herbal products we use are manufactured by companies meeting Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. These Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations make sure that herbal products are safe for use, and contain the ingredients and strength they claim to have.