Chinese herbal medicine New York CityChinese herbal medicine is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine and is often used in conjunction with acupuncture as a safe and effective means of healing the body and mind.

For thousands of years, empirical and clinical research has demonstrated the therapeutic properties of Chinese herbal medicinals. Many of these herbs are the precursors to pharmaceutical drugs. Chinese medicine consist of natural plant parts such as roots, stems, branches, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit or seeds, as well as natural minerals and some animal products.

Prescribing herbal formulas is a rich tradition in Chinese medicine and requires much care, knowledge, and consideration. Each herb is understood to have a particular nature, target specific organs, and carry out distinct functions. When used in combination with other herbs, Chinese herbs either enhance each other’s therapeutic functions or offset each others’ strong effects. In this way, Chinese herbal medicine is extremely safe and virtually free of side effects when prescribed correctly by a qualified herbalist.

Furthermore, the combination of multiple herbs allows for various therapeutic strategies to be employed at once. Because traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis is based on identifying a pattern of disharmony, herbal medicine formulas can address multiple symptoms within the pattern while also treating the underlying cause of the ailment. Each Chinese herbal formula can be custom tailored to meet the distinct needs of each patient.