Herbal Medicine






Herbal Medicine consists of the combination of parts from plants, animals or minerals to combine into a safe and effective way to naturally heal without the side effects of harsh drug therapies.

By combining different herbs, you can get the best effect and improvement. When properly combined, herbs can form a synergistic effect that help each other without being toxic.

One of the most important medical books to come out of the Han Dynasty was the ShenNong BenCao Jing. The word cao means “essential herb.” It’s attributed author was a tribal chief named ShenNong. He is famous for ingesting many substances and recording first hand their effects. No one knows for sure who wrote it. It is Known that is was written between the 1st and 2nd century B.C.E and thought to be about 206 B.C.E.. It is considered to be the earliest complete Chinese pharmacopoeia reference.

ShenNong BenCao Jing

This book lists a total of 365 Chinese medicines from which:

252 were of plant origin

67 were from animals

47 were from minerals

Each was divided into one of three categories

The Superior category included 120 medicines, which were considered to be non-toxic and contain invigorating effects to preserve vitality or prolong life. One of the most famous herbs in this category is “Ren Shen” (panax ginseng).

The Average category contained 120 medicines which were used to prevent illness and restore the individual’s vitality. However, the medicines listed here containing herbs such as Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) and Ma Huang (ephedra) could sometimes be toxic and should be used carefully for certain ailments.

The Inferior category contained 125 medicines that were considered to be toxic with side effects. They were specifically used for therapeutic purposes to treat diseases. Ba Dou Ke (Croton tiglium) is an example of an herb in this category which helps to relax the bowels, relieve edema (swelling) or eliminate pathogenic phlegm.


Herbal Medicine is but one of many modalities of traditional medicine. This is the only medicine today for which clinical results have been recorded in writing for over 2000 years. The World Health Organization estimates that more people worldwide use acupuncture than any other form of healthcare.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine view you as an energy system in which mind, body and spirit are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Based on thousands of years of clinical results, it has been scientifically documented that this energy (qi) flows through channels or meridians that flow through you at 6 levels, effecting everything between your exterior (defensive nature; ie. skin, pores, breath) and inner most self (ie. the 5 souls).

As long as this energy flows freely throughout your channels health is maintained. But once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and then pain and illness occur.


With Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM), your body is viewed much like a garden. In order for health to flourish and disease to be overcome, we must tend to our bodies. Balanace in a person’s life as a whole must be regained and maintained. The key to treating illness is by creating wellness. Why is it that, in our society, we take better care of our cars or family more than ourselves?

Think about it for a moment: would you wait until your car ran out of gas to take it to the station for refilling? Would you not bother maintaining it with regular oil checks and tune ups and just let it fall apart before making an effort to care for it? Of course not. Then why do we do that with something so much more precious – our health and our well-being?


Imagine that we have many streams flowing throughout our body that carry our vital substances which include blood, body fluids, nerve signals, heart rate and other energetic life forces know as qi. 

Now picture a big boulder sitting in the middle of one of the steams. On one side of the boulder, the vital substances accumulate, whereas, on the other side there is a lack of vital substances.

These blockages come from many different causes. They can be from external pathogens or forces like wind, cold, damp or heat. Most commonly experienced are pathologies such as a cold, flu and allergies. They can also come from internal sources which stem from poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and emotional constraints such as anger, fear. shock, sadness, stress, and trauma.

The acupuncture needle basically removes the boulder (blockage) and allows the free flow of vital substances once again. The body is now in balance and harmony. In essence, acupuncture treats the root cause of a disease and not just the symptoms.


Oriental medicine is time tested with clinical results been recorded in writing for over 1500 years. 25% of western medicine is an extract of  the “active ingredients” of an herbal plant, animal or mineral. Traditional medicine combines several herbs that have similar, complimentary, circulatory, additional effects  or to detox to help avoid the nasty side effects of single concentrates.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine views you as a holistic system in which the mind, body and soul are inseparable, each balancing and counter-balancing the other. The fundamental principle is to bring balance the body by removing the blockages of stagnation and nourishing the accumulations of deficiency while regulating body temperature and metabolism. It helps to harmonize our inner and outer self through balancing yin (nourishment) and yang (activity) nature as we strive for dynamic equilibrium (balance).

Herbal medicine treats not only the branch of symptoms, but addresses the root cause of the disease. It is a preventative medicine that helps to maintain your healthy living in a stressful environment and any lifestyle.


Herbal Medicine is a time proven method for addressing a wide variety of illness through patterns observed in nature and man, documented over thousands of years.

It is based on a concept of vital energy or Qi that flows throughout the meridians of the body.

It regulates a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance and is influenced by the opposing forces of yin (nourishment) and yang (activity).



arthritis/joint problems

back pain

bladder/kidney problems




dizziness / vertigo

drug/alcohol addiction

smoking cessation


gastrointestinal disorders

gynecological disorders


heart problems/palpitations


immune system deficiency

knee pain

menopausal discomfort

musculo-skeletal injuries

premenstrual syndrome




sexual dysfunction

side effects of chemotherapy


skin problems


stroke rehabilitation


high blood pressure


Research shows that herbal medicine is safe and effective. Your treatment principle depends on the severity and nature of the condition being treated. Dosage of herbal medicine is usually 1-3 times a day or as needed to maintain your optimal quality of life.

Herbalists are trained to identify conditions that may require referral to a specialist, so it is important for you to provide detailed information about your condition so that important medical problems are not overlooked.

If you are under the simultaneous care of different health practitioners, it is important to keep all of them informed about your treatments to ensure there are no adverse interactions.

To maximize the benefits of herbal medicine, you need to take it as prescribed according to your condition and your herbalists knowledge. Usually you will take herbs for 1-3 months or longer than 6 months to assist in your full recovery and improved lifesyle. Some benefits may be felt for only a few hours to days, weeks, months or even years or relief and improvement to your quality of life.



The Shan Hun Lun Jing discusses the Treatment of Cold Disease with herbal medicine as it progresses and affects your body through the 6 stages of severity.

TAI YANG (Great Activity) is also the Chinese word for the Sun. It consists of the Urinary Bladder and Small Intestine channels which consist of most of the back of your body and is the most exterior layer of disease.

SHAO YANG (Small Activity) consists of the Gallbladder and Triple Burner channels which consist of the sides of your body. This level is the stage of in-between Tai Yang releasing through the exterior or going deeper into the Yang Ming.

YANG MING (Bright Activity) consists of the Stomach and Large Intestine which consist of the front of your body.

TAI YIN (Greater Nourishment) consist of the Lung and Spleen

SHAO YIN (Small Nourishment) consist of the Heart and Kidney channels

JUE YIN (Terminal Nourishment) consists of the Pericardium and Liver channels and are considered the end of the channel pathways. This is the deepest most layer.


The Wen Bing discusses the Treatment of Warm Diseases with herbal medicines as it progresses and affects your body through the 4 stages of severity.

WEI – Exterior Defense level (most exterior) is the onset of epidemic febrile diseases where the pathological changes occur in your lungs and on your skin and hair. Clinical manifestations are characterized by the common exterior symptoms of fever with aversion to wind and cold.

QI – Inner Defense level (less exterior) is the syndromes of interior heat due to your inner defense being invaded by pathogenic heat. Clinical manifestations are fever without aversion to cold.

YING – Nutrient level (less interior) is in your Lungs, Chest, Stomach, Liver, Gallbladder, Intestine and is a component of the blood, so the disease location is actually in the heart and pericardium. Pathological characteristics show the injury of nutrient fluids and the disturbance of your heart-mind.

XUE – Blood level (most interior) is mainly in your liver and kidney. This is the most severe level. Clinical manifestations are characterized by hemorrhaging, severe dehydration, or severe headache.