Herbology is among the oldest therapies in traditional Chinese medicine. The first recorded herbal pharmacopoeia in traditional Chinese medicine, originating in approximately 200 A.D., contained only 365 substances. By 1572 A.D., through direct experience and by observing animals, the pharmacopoeia was expanded to 1892 substances comprised of plants, minerals, and animal products, each with their own specific healing properties. One of the greatest strengths of traditional Chinese medicine is the degree to which herbs are combined to make formulas in which each component acts in synergy to create balance and restore health. The vast array of herbs and the endless possibility of their combination allows the practitioner to address the various nuances of each individual's condition. Modern research is continually affirming the increased efficacy of herbs when combined together in synergistic partnerships and revealing the various phytochemicals by which the myriad herbs interact with the body.
Your herbal prescription may come in a few different forms. The most common and traditional form is dried herbs to be prepared into a decoction, which is essentially a concentrated tea. Some herbs may be ground up into a fine powder form which will then also need be boiled, but usually for a shorter time, or taken orally and swallowed with a decoction. Powders may also be formed into pills with honey, not only to make taking herbs more convenient in the treatment of long term conditions, but also to adjust at what point in the digestive track the herbs are being absorbed.
Consultation and Diagnosis - $55
Follow-up Consultation - $25
Prescriptions - approximately $3-$5 per day depending on current market price of each herb used in your personalized formula