HERBS

Let’s talk herbs!!

Chinese herbs are really the heart and soul of healing in Chinese medicine. Just like our herb room is the heart and soul of our office. You can take herbs several times a day to change an unhealthy or diseased condition and the herbs will make great changes for you.

Herbology in Chinese Medicine came about through the efforts of one man 5,000 years ago who went through all of China and tasted thousands of plants and contemplated their affect. He determined the yin/yang of the plants/herbs. Were they hot or cold? Did they move up into his head or down into his body? Did they dry him out or did they moisten? He could feel if they affected certain organs. From these rudimentary concepts, the idea of how to use the herbs to treat health problems developed.

If it was a heat disease, you’d use cool to cold herbs. If it was a damp disease you’d use damp dissolving herbs or drying herbs. If it was a hot/dry disease, you’d have herbs that cool and moisten. Always using the herbs to bring balance, yin/yang, just as observed in nature. Notice we always have to deal with those same elements in nature, hot/cold, dry/damp etc…Herbs are used to regulate or balance the organ/organs being affected by hot/cold, dry/damp, etc. Herbs for the lungs, heart, kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, bladder, brain, muscles, joints, can be part of the formula.

Chinese herbs are always used in a formula, one herb is never used. A formulation serves a few purposes. Some herbs help to bring a stronger effect for the main problem. Some herbs are used to create balance, so a formula won’t be too hot, too cold, too drying etc…Some herbs help with a secondary health problem. There can be as few as two to as many as 28 herbs that makes up a formulation. This alone reduces the possible sensitivities. Where we get into trouble with medicines or buying single herbs is over use. With a formulation, there is balance. Think Goldilocks – not too cold, not too hot, it’s just right.
Now, we have volumes of research, on herbs and what they do and how they act on the body. Most importantly we know how safe they are. Herbs that aren’t safe are not on a practitioner’s shelf. Contrary to urban legend, herbs are highly regulated, and there is and are tests done to the herbs to check for fungus, parasites, bacterias, pesticides, or toxic by-products. By the time they are on the shelf and sold, you will get a quality product.

As a result of research, we now know what herbs do from a modern day standpoint. We know which herbs have anti-bacterial properties, anti-viral properties, anti-parasitic properties or anti-fungal properties. We know which herbs boost the immune system or suppress it. We know which herbs regulate certain hormones and which herbs regulate brain chemistry. We know which herbs help clear a bacteria or virus from the upper respiratory system or digestive tract. Bringing Chinese medicine to modern times is where we are now. At Ali Optimal Wellness we are fortunate to have a 300 herb pharmacy to create a custom formula for your special needs. We don’t give you a pre-made formula that may or may not help you. At Ali Optimal Wellness we diagnose and then make your formula. It’s like being a mad scientist, meets being a chef, meets being a doctor, what could be more fun??!!