Should you take herbal supplements that are generically pre-made? Well, at Classical True Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine, we believe that if it wasn't made with you in mind, then how could it help you in the best way possible? You'll just end up spending money and taking something that may or may not work for you. Then, there's some of you who may think, "Why should I even take Chinese herbs?"
Because Chinese herbs provide pure and natural remedies for the common cold, flu, allergies, digestive disorders, stress, anxiety, pain, menstrual disorders, infertility, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, and the list continues! Your health will be in great hands with this natural and customized approach.
With increased interest in natural medicinal herbs to address health concerns, many often forget about Chinese herbs, which should be dispensed only after consultation with a qualified practitioner. Chinese Herbal Medicine has a rich and ancient history, and when used properly, can treat health conditions quickly and effectively!
At Classical True Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine, we utilize raw natural herbs in a unique way, combined with a highly therapeutic form of Classical True Acupuncture, which you can read more about in our philosophy on herbs. We dispense raw bulk herbs of the highest quality. Evidently, it has been said that very few practitioners in the Denver, Colorado and Denver Metro area carry raw natural herbs, yet this is the strongest (therapeutically) and most effective way to take medicinal herbs.
Our raw herbs are ground at the time that they are dispensed, and in this form, they will cook within 15 minutes, unlike the old fashioned way that takes hours to soak and cook. Further, every formula of Chinese medicinal herbs will be tailored just for you, thus providing a safe, natural and cost effective way to address your particular health needs. We encourage you to read more below about:
So, instead of reaching for over the counter and prescription drugs, you can use natural medicinal herbs for health. Perhaps you’re researching herbs for menopause or allergies? Or natural healing herbs for anxiety, weight loss, or pain? And how do you know what really works and what is safe for you?
As you may know, herbal medicine is deeply rooted in cultures around the globe and has been used for thousands of years. Most of us can probably remember our grandmothers or mothers giving us ginger tea to soothe a stomach ache, or a teaspoon of honey with lemon juice to soothe a sore throat, and a myriad of other remedies that relied on basic kitchen ingredients. All these are instances of natural medicines. Since most herbs are common food items or spices, they provide a gentle, safe and effective way to treat ailments.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a traditional and foundational modality utilized in China for thousands of years. Each formula is a blend of single herbs, chosen to work synergistically with each other and tailored to the individual patient. For those who have heard that animal products are often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, rest assured, we only use plant derived natural herbs.
It is common, even standard, for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners to prescribe an herbal formula in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment. There is, however, a time and place for herbs. Owing to our understanding of Classical True Acupuncture theory, we are able to acquire a deep understanding of an individual’s energetic disharmonies, thus allowing us to properly utilize acupuncture and herbs appropriately and not as a shotgun therapy. Most often, acupuncture is the primary therapeutic method and attains great results by itself—yet; there are instances where medicinal herbs need to be the primary treatment method. Rarely will we give you both acupuncture and Chinese herbs together, at least not initially, for this blurs the boundaries in distinguishing which method yielded which effects. Furthermore, herbs have a marked effect on the radial pulses, a primary diagnostic tool for us, and it is for this main reason that we must know how you are responding to treatment via acupuncture before administering herbs, which may not even be necessary at all.
Our philosophy is simple: with detailed pulse diagnosis, we can properly evaluate your systems and treat your true energetic disharmonies with the most appropriate therapeutic method, as opposed to other therapies that follow the old adage: “If you throw enough stuff at the wall, sooner or later, something will stick.”
Chinese Herbal Medicine is quite different than just taking store-bought, prepackaged “herbal supplements.” A balanced selection of natural medicinal herbs is specifically customized for each person's health condition. The effects of each formula on the individual will be carefully monitored and adjusted accordingly.
While herbs exist in a variety of forms for ingestion—tinctures, capsules, tablets, pills, tea pills, granulated powders and raw bulk—we will only prescribe a formula of raw, bulk, high quality herbs that have been coarsely ground when prescribed, since this is the most effective method and the fastest way to achieve results. Commercially pre-ground herbs are often ground into a superfine powder—the heat from such grinding, as well as storage time—affects the oil content and decreases the potency of the herbs.
Our method of taking a Chinese formula is easy, really! You will decoct, or cook, the herbs for a short period of time (approximately 15 minutes), and then drink the resulting “tea.” You may have heard of the Chinese Herbal Medicine traditional methods of decocting herbs: soak for hours, cook, strain, and cook again for a long time—we won’t ask you to do it this way! We certainly understand the need for convenience and the method we adhere to will allow you to take a formula in its purest form—without binders or processing into ineffective pills/tablets/capsules—while requiring only a minimal amount of time to prepare, yet still maintaining maximum potency and effectiveness.
*Note: If you have or are taking herbal medicines in a pill, capsule, or tablet form, only use herbs from manufacturers that are certified as having Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to ensure that the herbs you are taking are of the highest potency, quality and safety.
What you put into your body should be pure and natural, right? Please keep reading how herbs can help you and dig into the herbal FAQs for more information.
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