For centuries, China and other Asian countries have embraced herbal therapy. Now, the West is catching on to the timelessness of this ancient medicine and has started to incorporate Chinese herbs in the treatment of a wide range of health concerns. Dr. Aaron Bardwell is a trained Oriental Medicine practitioner and Chinese Herbalist.
There are several studies that prove the safety and effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine, however just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. It’s recommended that you get an evaluation from a qualified practitioner before taking anything and treat Chinese herbs and other supplements like a prescription. Chinese herbal medicine uses herbs to improve health and. Although herbs can help everyone, they especially help people who have hard-to-diagnose problems or syndromes. These conditions include: allergies, autoimmune disorders, cancer treatment side effects, diarrhea and constipation, digestion issues, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, immune system regulation, menopause, menstrual or endometriosis pain and persistent fatigue.
Chinese herbal therapy forms include:
- Granules or easy-to-digest capsules
- Teas, liquid extracts, and powders
- Traditional formulas
- Or a custom formula that your herbalist creates for you.
The most common formula in the U.S., called Free and Easy Wanderer (Xiao Yao Wan), regulates mood and is great for stress. Ginseng is another popular herb, and people should consider these herbal treatments for a variety of mood disorders.
Wondering about a first appointment? Your herbalist will ask for a detailed health history, including past and current illnesses. They’ll also want to know which medications you’re taking as this is important since herbs and drugs may not interact well together. Both your herbalist and doctor should follow your progress: checking your liver and kidney function regularly to ensure that you’re metabolizing (processing) herbs correctly. Dr. Bardwell states it’s critical that you never self-treat with herbs. “We use traditional formulas that consist of a few herbs that have strictly designated roles. Some of them are the main active ingredients that address the primary complaint. Others may address secondary complaints or symptoms, which is why we customize most herbal formulas to each person.” Call for your appointment today at 989.272.2774.