Used frequently in combination with acupuncture treatments, Chinese Herbal Medicine is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular and effective alternative therapies in the West.
The Chinese Herbal Pharmacopia includes over 1500 herbs mostly from plants, flowers, roots and barks. Individual herbs are usually combined with each other into unique and individual formulas specific for each case. Ingesting the herbs mixed together into a formula not only minimizes any unpleasant effects of individual herbs, but also maximizes the benefits by targeting the exact disharmony for each different case.
When prescribed and used correctly, Chinese Herbal Medicine is very safe. It is important to work with a qualified herbalist who can prescribe an appropriate formula, monitor progress, and adjust the ingredients and dosages depending on changes in each case at different stages along the healing process.
Cupping therapy involves the placement of glass or plastic suction cups on the skin, and creating a gentle vacuum. The cups are usually used on the lower, middle, or upper back, and used to treat muscle stiffness, soreness, or pain. They can also be used to help relieve coughs or respiratory congestion in the lungs. Cupping therapy helps bring extra circulation to areas in which energy is stuck or not moving smoothly enough. In some cases, temporary dark circles or bruise marks may appear where the cups were placed, due to rupture of the surface capillaries, but they are not the same as bruises from trauma, and usually disappear in several days.