Specializing in Alternative Medicine, Aromatherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is comprised of 3 parts:
Acupuncture/Acupressure, Herbal patent remedies and Qi Gong.
As with any type of health care, an evaluation is always the best way to go. You will find that here in our pages offering you 3 generations of TCM knowledge. With our evaluation you will have a suggested individualized treatment plan.
ABOUT THE SAFETY OF CHINESE HERBS
In general, Chinese herbs are safe to use, but it is wise to take certain precautions. Always follow the instructions of the practitioner who prescribes the herbs, and inform that practitioner promptly if you believe you have experienced any adverse effect from taking them. If you are also taking drugs, make sure you inform your doctor that you are taking herbs and inform your herb practitioner about the specific drugs you are taking. Very little is currently known about herb-drug interactions; in the Orient, combining herbs and drugs is a common practice and thought to present few problems. Any person may have an allergy or an idiosyncratic (unexpected, individualistic) reaction to any herb. Such reactions are quite rare, but they can be serious. If you notice an allergy-type reaction (usually a skin rash that appears within three days of starting to take the herbs), cease using the herbs and contact your practitioner. If you are taking herbs for an extended period of time (several months), make sure you have routine medical check-ups including standard blood testing, just as would be done with long-term drug use.
ABOUT THE FREQUENCY OF ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY
In China, it is common for acupuncturists to treat patients on a daily or every other day basis over the course of a week or two (sometimes longer) in order to make substantial and lasting changes in the condition being treated. By comparison, in America, it is more common for acupuncturists to treat patients only once per week. However, depending upon the severity of the ailment, on how long the effects of acupuncture are maintained after each treatment, and other factors, it may be advisable to more closely follow the Chinese model. The results of 6 or 8 treatments over two weeks may be superior to the same number of treatments spread over two months, while having the same cost and total office visit time. It is important for patients to inform their practitioners about how long the beneficial effects of a treatment lasted. If they only lasted two days, then treatment every two or three days may be needed in order to make sufficient progress. In the event that only infrequent treatment is possible, then greater reliance may need to be placed on herb therapies, diet changes, special exercises, and methods of treatment that can be performed at home between office visits.
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