Herbs are a central part of Traditional Chinese Medicine practice. There are anywhere from about 100 to 400 different herbs that the practitioner has available to use when creating a formula. By going through a detailed intake with the patient the practitioner comes up with a TCM diagnosis that fits the patient’s complaint as well as their unique constitution. At this stage the practitioner is able to decide which herbs and which formula is best suited for the patient. The fact that no two formulas are the same and that each one is made specifically for the individual is what makes TCM so unique. The formula is based solely on what the needs of the patient are and their complaints. To ensure herb quality the herbs we use have been processed into an extract powder that are dissolved in hot water and drank as a tea.
Refer to our TCM Herbology page for more information.
Another modality of TCM practice is Acupuncture. Acupuncture, just like herbs, is based on TCM theory. Needles are inserted into certain anatomical points (acupuncture points) around the body that are chosen based on the TCM diagnosis and symptoms the person is experiencing. The needles are left in anywhere from about 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on what is needed for the treatment and are believed to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Although acupuncture is an invasive procedure by nature as needles are inserted under the skin, the effects of acupuncture are very beneficial and have shown minimal side effects with treatment.
Sleep and Diet
Sleep is a very important part of the equation for us when trying to help a patient. Even if your complaints are not related to sleep issues you will continuously be assessed on the quality of your sleep. We are often asked if there is anything that a patient can do to help the treatment. The most important factors that a patient can work on outside of the treatment are sleep, diet and stress. It is very difficult to make improvements with a patient if they are unable to get adequate sleep, good nutrition and manage stress. We can most definitely work with the current symptoms a patient is having but it will be most unlikely that we can help to make long term improvements in an environment that does not support quality sleep, diet and mental health. We will also discuss diet from a TCM point of view to help achieve the best digestion possible. We do not want to waste the time and resources that our patients have to give us so it is important to be involved in the factors outside of the treatment room that affect the treatment.