Chinese Herbal medicine has been used for 3,000 to 5,000 years in China. It along with acupuncture and moxabustion is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM’s fundamental concept is the idea of living in balance with nature and the environment. Chinese herbal formulas are written to balance the patient’s pattern and symptoms. The herbal medicinals used are chosen from hundreds of ingredients that are mainly of plant origin and may include roots, bark, seeds, flowers and leaves.
Dr. Stanford, who is a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology uses mostly organic herbs when possible. Each ingredient has a unique characteristic to balance yin and yang, supplement Qi (energy), resolve stagnation and nourish Blood. They have curative powers when prescribed correctly. The herbal medicine continues the work the acupuncture began. Individuals who receive just acupuncture are benefiting from just half of what Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer.