Q: Are all the “herbs”
vegetable in origin?
A: Although called Chinese herbal medicine, TCM practitioners
use ingredients from all three kingdoms, vegetable, animal and
mineral. However, the majority of these are from vegetable sources.
Leaves, flowers, twigs, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes, and barks
are some of the vegetable parts used.
Q: Do all the herbs come
A: From 15-20% of the standard Chinese repertoire of 500 ingredients
originated from outside China. The Chinese have adopted and incorporated
into their material medical herbs from all over the world. What
makes these “Chinese” herbs is that they are prescribed
according to Chinese medical theory and a TCM pattern diagnosis.
Q: Do Chinese herbs work for Western
A: Yes, empirical evidence has proven that Chinese herbal medicine
works for Westerners just as well as for Chinese. Chinese herbal
medicine has been used successfully in North and South America,
| Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand,
and all throughout Asia.
Q: How are Chinese herbs taken?
A: The most common method of taking Chinese herbal medicine is as
a decoction. This means that the herbs are cooked are cooked at a
low boil for an hour or more and then strained and drunk 2-3 times
per day. However, there are also herbal pills, tincture,
and powdered extracts for those who do not have
the time or taste for drinking traditional decoctions.
Q: What are the benefits of Chinese herbal pills?
A: Pills are good for prolonged administration in the case of chronic
disease where formulas do not have to be very potent or changed on
a frequent basis. Pills are also commonly used to consolidate therapeutic
results after a successful course of therapy with decoctions.