Turmeric Slows Down the Spread of Breast Cancer

Turmeric is one of my favorite herbs. It works great when prescribed in therapeutic dosages to treat specific issues yet is also a wonderful addition to your cooking to aid in your overall wellness. For an in depth look at how Turmeric can be of benefit in Breast Cancer, click here: Can Turmeric Slow Down the Spread of Breast Cancer

Dr. Weil on Herbal Medicine

Heres a great article recently written by Dr. Weil on the benefits of herbal medicine: Why Plants are (Usually) Better than Drugs It’s a nice article highlighting the numerous ways there are to treat some common and not so common medical conditions. It’s important to consult your physician if you are taking medications, but with proper Integrative care herbal medicine may be a very important piece of your healthcare puzzle.

FAQ about Herbs

What Are Herbal Extracts?

Herbal extracts are the “essence” of bulk herbs. Through a long and sophisticated process, the active components in bulk herbs are condensed into herbal extracts following pharmaceutical-grade GMP procedures. As finished products, herbal extracts are at approximately 5:1 ratio which means five pounds of premium raw herbs yields one pound of concentrate.

Why Should I Choose Herbal Extracts Over Herbal Decoctions?

Though effective, herbal decoctions have two major disadvantages. They are time-consuming to prepare and sometimes have an unpleasant taste and smell. Most people do not have time to prepare herbal decoctions and even more people dislike the taste and smell of herbal decoctions. Herbal extracts, on the other hand, are ready for immediate administration. For people who dislike the taste of powdered extracts, they are also available in capsules.

What Is The Recommended Dosage For Herbal Extracts?

The recommended starting daily dosage for an average adult is 1.5-2 grams 3 times a day (1 to 2 Evergreen spoons or 3 to 4 capsules, taken on an empty stomach in two or three equally-divided doses). This standard dosage may be increased or decreased depending on the patient’s individual factors, such as age, body weight, type of illness and severity. Please ask your practitioner for details.

Are There Side-Effects?

All extracts from herbs are derived from nature. They do not contain harsh chemicals, alcohol or preservatives, and are very gentle to your system. Each batch is checked for safety against bacteria, fungus and heavy metal. Nonetheless, sensitive patients may experience reactions such as minor stomach discomfort. If such reactions occur, reduce the dosage, take with food, or modify the herbal formula.

How Should The Herbal Extracts Be Served?

Herbal extracts should be taken with warm water on an empty stomach two or three times daily. If the patient experiences stomach upset, serve the herbs after meals. Herbs should not be taken with coffee, juice, soda or any other liquids as they may alter the effect of the herbs and possibly produce unwanted results.

Can I Take The Herbal Extracts With My Prescription Drugs?

Most herbal extracts may be taken by individuals who are also using prescription drugs, without problems. However, it is recommended that herbal extracts be taken on an empty stomach at least two hours apart from the prescription drugs. Please inform your healthcare practitioner if you are on any medication so he or she can best advise you what to do to avoid possible herb-drug interaction.

Can Children And Elderly Patients Take Herbal Extracts?

Yes, children and elderly patients may take herbal extracts. In fact, they get excellent results. The dosages, however, must be adjusted for each patient depending on age, body weight, specific illness and overall condition.

What About Pregnant Women?

In general, herbs are not recommended during pregnancy. However, consult your healthcare provider to see if the benefit of using herbs can outweigh the risks.

How Should I Store The Herbal Extracts?

Herbal extracts should be stored in cool, dry places away from sunlight and moisture. The UV radiation in sunlight may change the properties of the products. Storage of herbal extracts in a damp or humid environment, such as the kitchen or the bathroom, may lead to “caking” of the powder due to excess moisture.

Why Chinese Herbs

CHINESE MEDICINE – A Natural Choice

Extending back thousands of years, Chinese Medicine offers a rich heritage and history in healthcare and healing. And that quality, that continuum of care lives on today. Offering a root-level attack rather than a symptom cover, Chinese Medicine provides an added layer of patient safety. You see, it carries fewer or no side effects, treats the actual cause of illness rather than suppressing the symptoms, and provides a more affordable treatment option.

STEPS TO WELLNESS

Should you decide that chinese herbs are right for you, there are 3 unique steps to wellness. However, the rate at which you move through these stages depends on your unique situation. A good rule of thumb is one month of care for every year you have had a certain medical condition.

Step 1: Symptomatic Care

During this stage, we are concerned with alleviating the symptoms causing you to seek care. Once your symptoms are relieved, you will move on to Step 2, Corrective Care.

Think of replenishing an overgrown garden. The first step in cultivating the space is to cut back excess growth and weeds. Your symptoms are very much like the weeds.

Step 2: Corrective Care

In order to restore your health, we must also determine the underlying cause of your illness, rather than simply addressing the symptoms. This involves a second herbal formula uniquely positioned and carefully prescribed to address the root of your concerns. Often, the second treatment phase lasts for two to six months.

Continuing the garden analogy, we now must take complete care to remove the weeds from the soil and prepare the soil for new seeds to plant. Using appropriate tools, the roots are extracted, leaving healthy plants and rich earth behind. Step 2 heals what is creating and causing your pain and discomfort, setting the stage for healthy living.

Step 3: Prophylactic Care

The final phase of your care includes Maintenance Therapy. We will prescribe  formulas to keep your immune system strong and healthy, so it will protect the body as it should. The final phase of treatment is ongoing.

In our analogy, this means the soil of our reclaimed garden is fertilized and treated to prevent the return of weeds, while building a healthy foundation to support the growth of beautiful plants and flowers. What this means for you is that your overall health is protected by Chinese herbs, just as the garden is protected and allowed to thrive.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chinese Herbs