Q: Does Chinese herbal medicine work for Western patients?
- Yes, Chinese herbal medicine works as well for Westerners as it does for Chinese. Chinese herbal medicine has been used successfully in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and all throughout Asia.
Q: Are there other alternatives to drinking prescribed medicines?
- In the past the most common method of taking Chinese herbal medicine was drinking a liquid prepared by boiling the selected herbs. Today herbal pills, tinctures and powdered extracts are available for the patients’ convenience.
Q: Do Chinese herbal medicines have side effects?
-Most of the components of Chinese herbal medicine have a very low toxicity compared to even common, over-the-counter Western drugs. When they are prescribed according to a correct TCM pattern diagnosis, they should have few, if any, side effects, only beneficial healing results. To assure there are no conflicts between pharmaceuticals and herbal medicines, a professional practitioner should always be consulted.