Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy

Herbal Medicine

Why is a proper Chinese Medicine diagnosis so important?  Why aren’t the same herbs used for the same condition for everyone?

The heart of Chinese medicine begins with the proper diagnostics.  Chinese medicine doctors consider many factors when we evaluate a patient and listen to what the body is telling us through our sensitive diagnostic skills, such as looking at the tongue, pulse diagnosis, and palpation of certain areas of the body.  We do not use the same medicine and treatments for every patient with the same illness, rather we have many options to personalize the treatment and herbal medicine based on your individual presentation.  Our bodies are unique and need to be treated that way.  The best recommendation is to get a full review by a Chinese medicine specialist to get the best and safest results.

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese herbs are safe, natural and effective.  They are not supplements and are typically used for only a short time period until the condition is relieved.  Each formula is personalized specifically for you and your body’s needs.  There are a variety of different ways the herbal formulas can be taken; raw herbs that need to be boiled for many hours, granules that need to be dissolved in boiling water, tinctures with alcohol/glycerine base, or capsules.

The most effective form is raw or granules, however, it is more important to find a form to fit your lifestyle.  The companies Emend Acupuncture sources our herbal medicine from, use the highest levels of standards through several testing procedures to make sure the herbs are pure.

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Are the herbal formulas safe?

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How long before I see results?

Step 1: Symptomatic Care

During this stage, your doctor is concerned with alleviating the symptoms causing you to seek his or her care. Once your symptoms are relieved, you will move on to Step 2, Corrective Care.

If this is difficult to understand, think of replenishing an overgrown garden. The first step in cultivating the space is to cut back excess growth and weeds. Your symptoms are very much like the weeds.

Step 2: Corrective Care

In order to restore your health, your physician must also determine the underlying cause of your illness, rather than simply addressing the symptoms. This involves a second Evergreen formula uniquely positioned and carefully prescribed to address the root of your concerns. Often, patients enjoy the second treatment phase for two to six months.

Continuing the garden analogy, we now must take complete care to remove the weeds from the soil and prepare the soil for new seeds to plant. Using appropriate tools, the roots are extracted, leaving healthy plants and rich earth behind. Step 2 heals what is creating and causing your pain and discomfort, setting the stage for healthy living.

Step 3: Prophylactic Care

The final phase of your care includes Maintenance Therapy. Your doctor will prescribe tonics and other Evergreen formulas to keep your immune system strong and healthy, so it will protect the body as it should. The final phase of treatment is ongoing. After all, a relapse is simply unacceptable when such high-quality herbal supplements are so readily available.

In our analogy, this means the soil of our reclaimed garden is fertilized and treated to prevent the return of weeds while building a healthy foundation to support the growth of beautiful plants and flowers. What this means for you is that your overall health is protected by Chinese herbs, just as the garden is protected and allowed to thrive.

Food Therapy

Feeling like you are fighting a virus? Below is a homemade Cold and Flu recipe to start drinking straight away.

Tea Ingredients:

  • Green onion (6)
  • Fresh ginger slices (4 slices)
  • Lemon
  • Cayenne or chili flakes
  • Honey

Directions:

1)  Combine 2 cups of water, 4 slices of ginger, and the white parts of 6 green onions.
2)  Boil for 5-10 minutes.
3)  Add a pinch of cayenne or chili flakes and a squeeze of lemon.
4)  Add 1 tsp of honey.
5)  Drink while warm.
6)  You can chew on the ginger and onion pieces, but do not swallow them.

Dosage: 

The above recipe makes one dosage. Please drink this tea 2-3 times a day until better.

Be sure to eat foods high in these 3 main immune-boosting nutrients:

1)  Vitamin D:

  • Mushrooms

2)  Zinc:

  • Oysters
  • Red meat
  • Pork
  • Dark-meat chicken
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt

3)  Quercetin:

  • Red apples
  • Capers
  • Asparagus
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Red grapes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Wild Blueberries
  • Green and Black tea