Historically, Chinese Medicine Practitioners prescribed herbal formulas as the first course of action before any physical modalities were employed to help patients (including acupuncture and body work like Tui Na.)
The fundamental basis of Chinese Herbal Therapy is to create a harmonizing affect in the body by consuming a combination of herbs to address a specific constellation of signs and symptoms, without causing any imbalance. The traditional formulas range from 2-3 herbs in any given formula to over 20. Rarely, in fact, were herbs given in isolation.
While there are over 350 herbs in the Chinese Materia Medica, there are an equal amount of formulas, much of them based down by the ancients, thousands of years ago. Each formula has a hierarchy as well and the formulas are carefully crafted to account for herbs that are primary drivers of the formula and herbs that assist, counter or enhance the primary herbs as well as herbs that direct the formula to a specific area of the body.
Unlike our modern supplements, Chinese Herbs are whole foods procured from the natural environment around us and include roots, bark, leaves, seeds, nuts as well as resin, shells and minerals.
We use a variety of formats at Erin Kumpf Acupuncture & Herbs. We may prescribe raw herb formulas that need to be cooked/decoted; granules that are reconstituted with water; and capsules or tablets. We source all of our herbs from distributors that adhere to strict methods of farming, processing and manufacturing guidelines.