Herbal medicine is the art of recommending plant parts and other natural substances for therapeutic purposes. It is one of the world's oldest healing arts. In China herbal medicine dates back thousands of years where herbs were used for their medicinal value to remedy a wide range of diseases and disorders. Over 80 percent of the world's population still relies on herbs as their primary modality for the treatment of disease. Approximately 25 percent of all currently used pharmaceuticals, including aspirin, have their origins in plants.
Herbal therapy can be a valuable, natural, complementary therapy for patients who are on drug therapies or as an alternative to over the counter treatments. It is beneficial for children of all ages and adults. Chinese herbal medicine is traditionally dispensed as herbal teas, with specific doses drunk daily. More modern formulations include herbs in pill or granulated form.
This traditional form of healing has a long and revered history, treating both internal and external complaints, including the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, nausea, ulcers, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, kidney and gall stones, urinary tract infections, skin diseases, anxiety, depression, headaches, arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes. It is also used in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.
The Herbal Clinic offers half-hour appointments for patients who wish to receive an Herbal Consultation and recommendation.