Ancient Eastern, Herbal Medicine (also known as Oriental Medicine) is a very important adjunctive component of healing with Acupuncture. Herbal Medicine is considered to be the “substance” part of this healthcare modality (while Acupuncture is considered to be the “energetic” component). Just as pharmaceuticals are the “drugs” in Western medicine, Herbs are prescribed (when needed) alongside Acupuncture. While both Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine do work exquisitely by themselves, they assist each other and can help make the other more effective when used together.
After an Acupuncture session, you will be asked if you would like to take some form of Herbal prescription home with you (if needed). This will either be in the form of a small pill, called a “teapill”, or a bottle of liquid tincture, or a mix of raw herbs that you boil into a tea to drink. Instructions will be given for each different type of prescription. And often, a week’s-worth of Herbal Medicine will range from $10-$20, depending on the dosages.
Herb prescriptions will most-often be written to “mirror” the Acupuncture treatment, and to help strengthen its message throughout the time in-between sessions. Herbal Medicine is a very powerful tool, and this type of medicine is very effective in treatment for all types of conditions (from migraines to thyroid conditions, or from acute pain or injury to diabetes, etc.!)
For those who are not interested in Acupuncture, Herbal consultations are available. Herbs are a wonderful way to experience this healing modality without receiving the needling.
If you have any questions about Herbal Medicine and how it can help you, please contact me!