chinese herbal therapy
In ancient China, the Chinese Herbal Medicine was the primary Chinese medicine, while Acupuncture was only used as an adjuct in some cases. When the West adopted Chinese medicine, it mainly was impressed by the power of Acupuncture to relieve pain and mostly ignoring Chinese herbs. In recent years however, people are realizing more and more that synthetic pharmaceutical drugs are not curing any disease and only adressing the symptoms and risking often dangerous side effects for which other drugs need to be prescribed by their doctor. Increasingly as a result, people are turning back to natural ways to regain their health through food and herbs. Some of the most famous herbs outside of China are Ginseng, Ginger, Dandelion, and Turmeric.
In Chinese Herbal Medicinal theory, herbs are rarely taken as single herbs. Many have strong effects on the body and because of this are best taken in carefully designed formulas that maximize the desired effects while minimizing side effects. An example of this taking too much ginseng can cause a headache, or too much ginger can cause high blood pressure as it affects the adrenal glands.
Emmanuel Sargenti L.Ac. prescribes the classic Chinese herbal formulas to his patients, but also creates custom herbal formulas especially designed for his patients constitution and disorder. Many of his patients only seek him out for his understanding of herbal medicine and dietary advice alone and successfully manage their conditions through herbs and diet only.