Along with many other types of natural compounds that we utilize in our testing and protocols, Chinese Herbology is used for its amazing ability to treat many different ailments quickly and powerfully in one prescription. One of the most appealing qualities of Eastern herbal medicine is the low risk of adverse reaction or side effects, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs and has been used for treating various illnesses and restoring the normal body functions for hundreds of years. Chinese medicine is a major health-care method in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. Its apparent success there has led to its adoption in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel.
The term “Chinese medicine” encompasses a number of practices, especially acupuncture and the prescription of herbal formulas. There are many years of training required in order to prescribe these formulas. This is a craft which requires an understanding of the synergistic nature of the combination of herbs and the ability to write and develop formulas based on the person’s constitution, symptomology, and biochemistry of the illness at hand. This training includes the theoretical basis that has been developed in China during a period of approximately 2,500 years. A view of nature, health, and disease was set forth in the concept of two essential forces: yin and yang. These ancient concepts continued to evolve over the centuries until the collision of Chinese and Western culture ensued in the nineteenth century. Today, Chinese medicine represents a combination of ideas and methods from earlier times coupled with the findings from modem research methods such as chemical analysis, pharmacological and physiological testing in the laboratory, and clinical trials.
WHAT ABOUT EVERYTHING I HAVE HEARD ABOUT CHINESE HERBS CONTAINING HEAVY METALS MAKING THEM TOXIC?
Infinite Wellness uses only herbs that are exceptionally clean and of the highest quality. The herbs are manufactured by companies that have the most stringent GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certification and have also been certified by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). GMP certification means that the site and methods employed in the production of the herbs has been subject to a thorough quality control investigation and is certified to be in compliance. The Australian standards are some of the highest in the world, as dietary and herbal supplements are subject to the same guidelines as pharmaceuticals. These herbs are also subject to an additional review by the FDA ensuring that the products meet every safety standard.
CAN MODERN AND CHINESE MEDICINE BE SAFELY COMBINED?
Not only can the two systems of medicine be safely combined, they can often enhance each others’ effects. Chinese herbs may make it possible to take a lower dosage of modern medicines, to reduce their side-effects, and obtain a better overall effect. Of course, it is always advised that allopathic drugs be taken at a different time (e.g., an hour apart) from herbs or any other natural substances due to the synergistic effects of natural compounds and due to the fact that most allopathic medication can override or ruin the effects of any natural compound.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WESTERN HERBOLOGY AND CHINESE HERBOLOGY?
Western herbalism primarily uses single herbs to treat the same symptom or disease found in all patients, yet the constitution of each individual person should be treated differently even when sharing the same illness. This is why you hear one person say they tried an “herb” at the health food store because their friend received results and they had no results at all. Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas may include as many as 15 different herbs that are crafted carefully to work synergistically as an “army” including herbs addressing a person’s main symptoms as well as the their entire pattern and immune system. This prescription-writing method allows the practitioner maximum flexibility in writing an individualized and easily-modifiable prescription. For example, one formula may require more of a modification (stronger or weaker) for pain or bleeding than another one.
WHY DO HERBAL FORMULAS TASTE SO BAD?
Chinese herbal teas tend to taste very bitter because they are made mostly from roots and barks where the strongest medicinal ingredients are found. Our clients take the herbs in a pure powder form by mixing small amounts of hot water to dissolve the powder. Many will add small amounts of juice in order to cut the immediate assault of bitterness on the tongue–it usually takes about 3 days for your pallet to adapt. After time, some patients even begin to crave the taste and have no ill-response to the taste whatsoever.
“The most amazing help I have gotten from Sabrina is in cold and flu season. Every season when I am exposed to all the “stuff” going around, I usually contract it. I am a school teacher with a class of 21 5-yr. old children. I, and my family and friends, call it her magic dirt. The minute I feel I am going to get something I make sure to call Sabrina and pick up a bag of herbs (or I keep a bag on hand). The formula she writes is amazing. I can always keep the cold and flu away as long as I begin taking this powder immediately. All my friends and family do the same. It truly is amazing and is such a life-saver for me during the cold and flu season.”
-Lisa K., Denver, CO
“I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis 2 years ago and have been given medication after medication which temporarily treated the infection and never touched the pain. My pain was almost unbearable. Because of the overuse of antibiotics and other medications my digestion had become terrible and I was not able to tolerate many things at all including basic vitamins, minerals, and other natural supplements or even most foods. Through Chinese Herbology Testing and discussion, Sabrina gave me an herbal formula and taught me ways of tolerating and digesting it so that I could finally treat the IC. They tasted pretty bad but I got use to them quickly. I was amazed at how fast the pain and other symptoms were gone. We then worked on my digestion and I am now able to eat real food and take any supplements I need to.”
-Betsy W., Littleton, CO