Raw herbal decoctions are the traditional method of administering a formulation of herbs. This method allows the practitioner the most flexibility in composing the prescription. While this is the most potent form of administration, preparation of the herbs and cost can deter some patients.
A good alternative to raw herbs is taking the formula in powder form, also known as granules. This form also allows the practitioner maximum flexibility in composing the formula, and therefore is highly customized to your specific needs. This powder can be added to water and drunk as a tea usually 2x a day.
The most popular mode of administration of Chinese herbal medicine is to take a "patent" or concentrated formula in the form of a pill or capsule. This is very convenient and generally lower in cost.
Chinese herbal medicine is the world's oldest continually practiced professional medicine. Its written history dates back more than 2,500 years, and its practice is no doubt much older than that. Although acupuncture was the first Chinese modality to gain wide acceptance in the Western world, Chinese herbal medicine is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular and effective alternative therapies for treating a wide array of common ailments.
With thousands of years of clinical experience to draw from, Chinese Herbal Medicine has evolved into a highly refined and complex system for the prevention and treatment of disease. It is both effective and safe when practiced by a trained professional of Traditional Oriental Medicine.
Your practitioner uses only the most reputable herbal suppliers whose manufacturing practices have been certified as "GMP", meaning they have good manufacturing practices. These herbs are tested for safety, and monitored for pesticides, heavy metals, and microbiologic contaminants.
One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese herbal therapy is that the risk of adverse reactions or side effects is very low, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs. Herbal formulas are very specifically tailored to you, making the incidence of side effects unlikely. If you do experience discomfort or unwanted effects while taking Chinese herbs, your practitioner can modify or change your formula.