Herbal medicine is an essential component of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Individualized formulas that are modified to respond to changing symptoms and treatment goals are the heart of professional herbal medicine. Traditionally, these were composed of dried plant, mineral and animal products that were boiled into “decoctions” and drunk twice a day. In modern times, many people desire a more convenient method of administration and higher standards of safety. At Bluegrass Chinese Medicine we use concentrated granules that are manufactured to the highest quality standards and rigorously tested for impurities and efficacy. We have the most comprehensive Chinese herbal medicine granule pharmacy in the lower Midwest. More about the line of professional products we use can be found at www.evherbs.com.
Herbal medicine may be used to treat a wide range of conditions and to promote wellness and prevent disease. A course of treatment may last from only a few days, as when treating a cold or flu, or may continue for weeks or months when the condition is chronic. Under proper care, the patient may potentially be able to work with their physician to reduce the use of prescription medicines.
Chinese herbal medicine is based on the concepts of health and disease found in traditional Chinese medicine. Formulas are therefore prescribed based on pulse and tongue diagnosis as well as signs and symptoms. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients alone. This is why extensive knowledge and experience are necessary to master the skills required to apply formulas effectively to complex clinical cases.