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FAQ: Chinese herbs

What is Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture for added therapeutic effect.  While many cultures have herbal medicine traditions, the sophistication of Chinese herbal medicine is unsurpassed.  It has a history reaching back several thousand years, with countless generations of doctors carefully observing and recording patterns of illness and employing powerful natural remedies to alleviate these conditions and restore good health.  The resulting system is now used to treat everything from the common cold to certain types of cancer.  Chinese herbalism's systematic approach and clinical effectiveness has had a profound influence on the practice of medicine all over the Far East, and today Chinese herbalism is practised extensively throughout clinics and hospitals in China alongside Western medicine.  Read more >

There are thousands of herbs in the Chinese materia medica, of which about 300 are commonly used.  You will generally receive a mixture of several different herbs in a formula that has been tailored to your condition. 

What can Chinese herbal medicine treat?
Chinese herbal remedies may influence a wide range of acute and chronic disease.  Below are some common conditions we can treat at ATX Acupuncture and WelLness, but the list is by no means exhaustive.  Please contact us with any questions about your specific health condition.

Skin diseases: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, urticaria, lichen simplex, lupus erythematosus, vitiligo, fungal and yeast infections, bacterial and viral disease such as herpes simplex, impetigo, polymorphic light eruption (sun allergy), etc. 

Allergic and auto-immune diseases: hay fever, asthma, thyroid disease such as Grave's and Hashimoto's disease, myasthenia gravis, Sjogren's syndrome, multiple sclerosis

Gastrointestinal disorders: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, diarrhea, persistent nausea and vomiting, stomach ulcer (duodenal and peptic), ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease

Gynecological and obstretric concerns: pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), painful periods, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), habitual miscarriage, morning sickness, insufficient lactation, post-natal depression, post-natal weakness and debility

Male disorders: infertility, low sperm count and motility, impotence, chronic prostate problems

Respiratory conditions: asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, allergic rhinitis and sinusitis

Rheumatologic conditions: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, ankylosing spondylitis

Urinary conditions: chronic cystitis, interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome

Psychological disorders: insomnia, depression, anxiety

Supportive therapy in cancer treatment: side effects of chemo and radiotherapy, fatigue, nausea, low blood count, etc.

Neurological conditions: headache, migraine, dizziness, peripheral neuropathy

Cardio-vascular disease: angina, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heart rhythm

Pediatrics: bed wetting, recurring tonsilitis, asthma, eczema, etc.

Other: Hep A, B, C, chronic fatigue syndrome, symptoms associated with HIV infection

I'm on pharmaceutical medications.  Can I still take herbs?
Most Chinese herbs can safely be taken in conjunction with Western medication, and may even help to offset the negative side effects of prescription drugs.  If you are taking medication, it is important to let your herbalist know so that negative drug-herb interactions may be avoided.  All the Chinese herbs prescribed at ATX Acupuncture and Wellness have been lab tested for safety and purity, and to ensure that they contain no heavy metals, harmful bacteria, or other potentially harmful substances.  All ready-made Chinese formulations sold here meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards and contain no pharmaceuticals.

Alexa Gilmore

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FAQ: Chinese herbs - ATX Acupuncture in Portland, ME