Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a major facet of traditional Chinese medicine. The fundamental premise of Chinese medicine is that every condition is the result of energy deficiency, excess or inactivity in our internal organs. While acupuncture balances the body’s energy through the external application of needles, herbal medicine alters the body’s internal energy by restoring the internal organs’ efficiency.
Chinese herbs are classified according to their specific qualities and functions. The various combinations of their qualities and applications give the herbs properties that can influence and potentially correct inefficiencies in the patterns of a dysfunctional body. They can also restore balance by nourishing the body.
Herbal treatment should be based on each individual body’s constitution, environment and medical condition. One of the most important advantages of Chinese medicine is the power of mixing. A typical formula contains four to 15 herbs. Herbs are combined not only to maximize their effects but so that the formula can be used to address a wider variety of problems. By combining different herbs, you can attain the desired result through their unique qualities and varying quantities. As a patient’s needs and conditions change, so does the formula. Sometimes a change is necessary on a weekly basis.
From Dr. Zhou’s extensive experience, and in her practice, she has found that herbs play an important role in balancing and harmonizing overall health and wellbeing. She often prescribes herbs to support acupuncture treatment, and she tailors her herbal prescriptions to the constitution of each patient she treats.
In the case of infertility, the diagnosis and emphasis on herbal formulas is much more complex at different times in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Dr. Zhou personally develops her formulas to enhance the body’s efficiency and receptiveness prior to pregnancy. She modifies the combinations to suit different patients and the stages of their cycles. Being a specialist in infertility, Dr. Zhou has extensive knowledge and experience that enable her to customize her prescriptions precisely and, ultimately, more effectively for each patient – with extremely positive results. Dr. Zhou has treated numerous patients who have succeeded in conceiving naturally and producing excellent egg quality by following cycles of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Carefully designed Chinese herbal formulas rarely have side effects. However, many people don’t know how to formulate and apply them properly. Dr. Zhou recommends that her patients not self-prescribe herbal remedies that they have heard enhance fertility or address any other health issue. Knowledge and expertise are necessary to select the safe dosage at the right time and in the appropriate combination.
” I believe that I would never have been able to continue have a normal life without the help of her acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs” – Cathy W
“Acupuncture and few lifestyle changes helped us to get to where we are today… the proud parents of our precious little girl” – Robin & Clary