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FAQ'S

Q:How will you diagnose me?
A: A TCM doctor relies on observing the patient’s complexion and tongue color etc, and pressing on and checking the pulse to assess a patient's condition. In our online consultation we have tried to compensate for the lack of face to face contact by asking many more questions. The more detailed your answers are, the better our understanding of your condition.

Q:How does Chinese herbal medicine work?
A: Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach for treatment, working on the body as a whole rather than the individual symptoms. A patient's symptoms are an indication of an imbalance somewhere in the body and herbs are recommended to detoxify the body, encourage circulation of the blood, improve the immune system, enhance the function of the internal organs or boost energy levels, according to the particular symptoms. When body functions are restored to normal, the symptoms will subside.

Q:How long will I take to recover?
A: Obviously, recovery time depends on the individual patient and their specific symptoms. However, more generally it can be assumed that the longer you have had the condition, the longer it will take to repair the damage that has been done and restore the body to its natural best. As with western medicine, prevention is better than cure.

Q: Are there any side effects?
A: Many people find the herbs extremely bitter to taste but they are 100% natural, with no side effects. As the Chinese proverb says, "Bitter the medicine, better the effect".


Q: Can I continue taking Western medicine?
A:. Yes. It is common practice in China to use both Western and Chinese medicine at the same time.


Q: What is the Chinese herb?
A: In China, people have been using natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. These herbs are called herbal medicine, which are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. It is well known that Traditional Chinese Medicine has over 3000 years history and Chinese herb medicine is one of most important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which also includes acupuncture. In China, there are over 3000 different herbs that can be used for medical purposes. However, about 300 to 500 of these herbs are commonly used. It is important to use herbs grown in China rather than outside of their native environment. One must use the right herb from the right source to get the full benefit.


Q: What can Chinese herbs do for me?
A: Chinese Herbal therapy or herb medicine has three main functions:
treat the acute diseases and conditions such as killing bacteria or a virus; heal chronic illness such as gastrointestinal disorder, respiratory disorder,allergies, immune system deficiency, etc. by strengthening the body, helping it to recover;maintain daily life health by keeping the balance of human body.


In general, herbs can treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions. For arthritis it is considered as pathogenic damp inbreak human body and induced disorders, our herbs can expel pathogenic damp and balance Yin and Yang. Comparing with chemical medicine, Chinese herbal medicine is much more gentler and safer because it is made of natural herbs. Most of Chinese herbs do not cause side effects. Even some side effects that do occur among a few herbs, those side effects can be easily counteracted with other herbs. For these reasons, people turn to herbal therapy for a number of indications. More and more people rely on Chinese herb medicine as alternative after chemical medicine failed.


Chronic illness treatment - As we know, many people with chronic illness may take a number of different conventional drugs daily. Chinese herb medicine is a very good alternative for those who are looking for a natural alternative for the conventional western medicine. There are many very efficient Chinese herbal patent medicines and prescribed herb formulas for the medications taken for pain syndromes, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders, stress related syndromes, respiratory disorders, heart problems, sexual dysfunction, allergies and immune system deficiencies, as well as replacements for antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.


Side effect reduction - As mentioned early, Chinese herbs are safer and less side-effects. Actually they can be taken to reduce the side effects of other medication such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc. It is well known that antibiotics weaken the immune system. Herbal therapy can strengthen the system. Also, during chemotherapy, the white blood cell count drops, which causes fatigue, lack of energy and appetite. Herbal therapy has proven quite successful in relieving the side effects of chemotherapy.


For prevention - People may take Chinese herb medicine for disease prevention. For instance, for a person suffering from frequent headaches, taking herbs to prevent the headache from ever starting is a much better option than taking a pain reliever after the fact. Herbs are also used to prevent the flu, menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome, among other things. For health maintenance- Herbal therapy can also be used for general health maintenance. Tonic herbs are used to increase energy and to slow the aging process. They are also used for enhancing sexual energy and for cosmetic purposes. Herbs arc also used to treat minor symptoms that are not severe enough for heavy chemical drugs, symptoms that cannot be diagnosed by Western medicine, and symptoms and illness that are not easy to treat, such as mononucleosis and immune system deficiencies.


Q: Have herbs been processed before use by patients?
A: Yes. Chinese Herbs have been processed before use.
Why? First of all, the processing can reduce any possible side effects of herbs by detoxifying the herbs. The second reason for processing herbs is for filtering out impurities such as dirt and sand. Another reason is the processing can soften the strong taste or smell of herbs. Finally, it is very important to address that processing herbs can enhance their functions.


Q: Can you tell me the difference between Chinese patent and prescribed herbs?
A: Chinese Patent herbs are premixed herb combinations according to the traditional formulas developed by experts in traditional Chinese medicine through over 3000 years. They are similar to over-the-counter-drugs and usually in the form of pill, capsule and liquid. The advantages of Chinese patent herbs are convenient, ease to take, less expensive. However, patient's symptoms must fit the patent herb's narrow indications.


Prescribed herbs are mixed by a herbalist according to an individual patient's symptoms and diagnoses. In general speaking, prescribed herbs are more effective than patent herbs because the prescribed herbs are tailored to your symptoms and conditions exclusively by your herbalist if he or she is very good at traditional Chinese medicine.


Q: Can I buy Chinese patent herbs from herb store directly?
A: Although Chinese patent herbs are relative safe and have less side-effect, We do not recommend you buy Chinese patent herbs from herb store or other channels without obtaining advice from a certified herbalist.


Q: Are the concentrated herbs as the same good as the raw herbs in prescribed herbs?

A: Yes! The concentrated herbs are made from the raw herbs. First of all, best herbal sources from China are selected. Then these raw herbs are purified. After that they are processed through steaming, cooking, finally condensed into fine granular particles. Therefore, they are easy to be dissolved and absorbed and enhance the healing process.

 

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