Herbal medicine is the ancient equivalent of modern pharmaceuticals, but in herbal medicine there is a biochemical balance that is usually not to be found in the Western process that separates “active ingredients” from the passive substances that make the herb a whole entity. As a consequence, in Western drugs there are always side effects, whereas this is much less than in herbal formulas. Additionally, Chinese medicine has enjoyed thousands of years of experimentation with what combinations of herbs work best for which conditions.
Chinese herbs are classically administered as raw, bulk herbs that the patient must cook in a time-consuming process. In modern times this has been distilled to granular forms that may be steeped as a tea, a Japanese invention.
At Acupuncture Ecology we primarily use a form that’s even easier to take: We use herbs that have been converted into fluid extracts, in a solution of 20% alcohol. This is fast and convenient, requires little to no preparation, and is easier on the digestion than the other forms. Further, we specialize in customized herbal formulas that are tailored to your exact condition and concerns.
With a pharmacy of nearly 300 individual herbs, combined with a thorough methodology to tailor formulas to your individual situation, you’ll find we’re well-equipped to handle your medical needs through herbs.
Finally, we also carry a line of pre-made formulas in pill form, and various ointments for topical use, e.g. for trauma.