Chinese Herbal Medicine & Natural Remedies
The Roots Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Clinic carries a variety of pure, natural and lab tested Chinese Herbal formulas to suit everyone's needs. This Clinic used to carry and customize raw bulk herbs, but with very little compliance in following through with this form of herbal medicine, a switch was made. Of course, taking pills, tablets and capsules are much more convenient, and if taking Chinese herbs in these forms means consistency of herbal treatment, then it became my goal to find pure, natural, lab tested companies.
I grew up in a Chinese household were my Mother cooked raw bulk Chinese herbal decoctions ("teas") often. At that time, my Mother would only get herbs during our annual trip to visit family in Toronto, Canada, since the availability of high quality Chinese herbs was more accessible there. I remember how amazing it was to walk into traditional Chinese herb shops to watch them freshly slice angelica sinsensis root (dang gui) or American ginseng root (xi yang shen) at the time of purchase. You could smell the freshness of the herbs! These fresh herbs are the basis of fresh, pure, clean and natural Chinese herbal pills, tablets, capsules and granules.
Our approach to Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal therapy is a powerful medicine. Like anything that you ingest, herbs must be pure, natural and safe, and as with supplements and medicines, must be correctly administered. This is why I use True Acupuncture as the first diagnostic tool to clearly and thoroughly understand what is keeping your systems from maintaining homeostasis. Once understood, Chinese medicinal herbs may be administered if thought to be a further benefit for you -- but they are not an automatic part of your treatments from the start. It is not my belief to give you everything all at once and hope that something will work; instead, I make sure that I understand how your body responds before adding the next step.
Furthermore, Chinese Herbal Medicine theory is not supposed to be about taking one formula for each symptom that you experience. Many Practitioners treat this way, and this is what happens when individuals try to "self-herbalize" at health food stores, too -- you just end up with a collection of formulas. Even though Roots Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Clinic now uses pre-set formulas, after proper evaluation with True Acupuncture, the herbal formulas are prescribed according to the best fit for the whole patient and not merely the symptoms.