For more than 5,000 years, Chinese herbology has been used in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. Herbs have provided humankind with medicine from the earliest beginnings of civilization. Throughout history, various cultures have handed down their accumulated knowledge of the medicinal use of herbs to successive generations. This vast body of knowledge serves as the basis for much of traditional medicine today.
Contemporary Chinese medicine represents the cumulative clinical experience and time-tested theories of five millennia of continuous practice by traditional Chinese physicians. It remains the world's oldest, safest, and most comprehensive system of medical care, developing as dynamically today as it has throughout its long history.
An herbalist is familiar with most of the 2,000 herbs in the Chinese pharmacopeias. These herbs are classified according to their functions, categories and can be used alone (single) or combined with other (formula) in order to enhance their actions and effect.
Formulas can be prescribed for a unique individual in different ways such as: raw herbs which are boiled into tea, powders, liquid extracts, pills and capsules. Herbal medicine can be used together with acupuncture to expedite the healing process, strengthen, support or tonify the body without harmful side effects.