Herbal remedies have been used in China for millennia with a written history of approximately 2,000 years. Traditional medical literature describes thousands of medicinal herbs with about 500 routinely used in clinical practice today. In Chinese medicine, individual herbs, which include plants, roots, and minerals, are combined into formulas which are custom tailored to address individual conditions. Chinese herbology works incredibly well and has been used in the treatment of all kinds of conditions from asthma and infertility to digestive upset, headache and memory loss.

In recent years rigorous clinical trials and other studies of Chinese herbs and formulas have shown their clear efficacy. Chinese herbs are practical and safe when used according to traditional indications and with the guidance of a health professional trained and certified in Chinese herbal medicine.

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Many people think that herbs are somewhat mysterious. A lot of herbs, however, are commonly found in your yard and neighborhood grocery stores! Here are just a few examples:

Mint (bo he in pinyin) is a commonly used herb in both Chinese and western herbology. It’s frequently used for common cold, and to relieve irritability.

Gou ji berries (gou qi zi in pinyin) are a nourishing herb that helps build blood and are often used for vision problems. Western research has shown these berries to be high in polysaccharides that support immune function. Try a few with oatmeal in the morning to give your breakfast an extra boost!

Seaweed (un bu or hai zao) is used to clear phlegm. Consider seaweed salad along with your chicken soup the next time you get sick!

Chinese medicine uses individual herbs together to make a formula, much in the same way a cook uses different items in a recipe. A good herbalist combines each element carefully to address multiple aspects of a given condition.

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