What is Herbal Therapy?

In the course of your treatment, Chinese Herbal remedies may be prescribed. They may be dispensed as raw herbs for decoction or in pills capsules, granules or tinctures. Most herbal formulas can treat a wide variety of symptoms while stimulating the body’s natural healing process.
Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced safety and effectively for centuries and has the greatest potential for beneficial results when prescribed by a trained professional who recognizes the benefits and risks.
In California, Acupuncturists are the only Licensed Health Care Professionals who are required to be trained and tested for competency in prescribing herbal medicine.
In recent years, herbs have become very popular to self-treat many conditions. They are available in health food stores, supermarkets and on the Internet. While herbs are promoted as safe, inexpensive “natural” alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs, many health care professionals have concerns about safety, effectiveness and potential misuse of herbal products, especially when self-prescribed. There are also questions of purity, strength and standardization of herbs.
The California Acupuncture Board strongly recommends consulting an acupuncturists before beginning any herbal therapy.