What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Two primary modalities make up Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)—acupuncture and herbal medicine. An effective complement to acupuncture, or a healing method all its own, Chinese Herbal Medicine has a rich history that has been documented in both encyclopedic form and in clinical records dating back more than 2500 years. The body of knowledge surrounding the healing properties of plants, minerals, and animals has an unbroken lineage of clinical experience based on empirical observation and documented results. In ancient times, Chinese medicine was used by emperors and the royal courts to help them live into their 90s at a time when the average life expectancy in the west was 30 years[1].  

TCM herbs work much in the same way that acupuncture works; by reducing inflammation and promoting a state of homeostasis, thereby supporting the body’s natural healing processes. Modern scientific inquiry into the TCM pharmacopeia have shown a myriad of pharmacological effects including adaptogenic, analgesic, anti-aging, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardiotonic, cognitive, detoxifying, endocrine, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant, metabolic, sedative, and many more properties.  

Vital Point Acupuncture now offers herbal consults with Registered TCM Practitioner and Herbalist Jenna Cook. Jenna will review your complete health profile and select a formula and treatment plan that is customized to your needs.  

Chinese herbal medicine can be a key component of the successful treatment and prevention of many common health conditions, from digestive issues, sleep disorders, skin conditions, fertility issues, pain, respiratory conditions and allergies, to gynecological issues, postpartum care, emotional wellbeing, weight management, and many more chronic and acute health concerns.  

Herbs are most often dispensed in granule form, pressed pill form, or capsule form. Custom herbal prescriptions may be encapsulated or taken in granule form (mixed with hot water and taken as tea) based on client preference. There is a slight increase in cost for encapsulation. For Telemedicine consults, or for your convenience, orders may be drop-shipped right to your home.  

Please note: Steps are always taken to ensure that all recommended herbal products are of the highest quality and have been safety-tested. The suppliers that we use always complete third party lab testing using Health Canada approved manufacturing plants to screen for pesticides, heavy metals, and bioburden. Products sourced from the US are initially tested in Asia and then re-tested and packaged in a U.S. facility that uses the industry’s most rigorous testing standards and inspection processes (Good Manufacturing Practices certified). Every herb is run through a minimum of 10 different tests before being certified for safe consumption. No endangered species are ever used (CITES compliant). [1] Chris Kresser, ‘Chinese Medicine Demystified (Part I): A Case of Mistaken Identity’, March 4 2010. https://chriskresser.com/chinese-medicine-demystified-part-i-a-case-of-mistaken-identity/

 

[1] Chris Kresser, ‘Chinese Medicine Demystified (Part I): A Case of Mistaken Identity’, March 4 2010. https://chriskresser.com/chinese-medicine-demystified-part-i-a-case-of-mistaken-identity/