Herbal Medicine

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The use of herbal formulas in healing and staying healthy is an integral part of Oriental Medicine. Herbs can be taken in tablet form, powder form, or in teas and soups as well as poultices and linaments for external use. Many formulas, when used for more acute situations, are used for short periods of time until the patient changes and improve in their health. At that time, another formula might be more appropriate.

Many herbal formulas can be used as teas and in soups to help us stay healthy as we move through the seasons. The herbs in these formulas are herbs  that are often tonifying and balancing as well as help us adapt to the stress of daily living. Taken throughout the year in soups, herbs can help us to stay healthy even when many around us are falling ill from colds and flu’s.

Herbs used in Oriental Medicine differ from a single herb you might purchase as they are most often used in formulas containing anywhere from three to fifteen or more individual herbs. When used in formulations, the herbs create a synergy that address the whole person rather than a symptom. They also work together in the body so that we avoid experiencing any side effects from a single herb. In this way, the formulas are more effective in guiding our bodies back to a state of well-being.