Chinese Herbal Therapy


Our grandmothers lived on the precipice of a time where it was still common to use local herbs medicinally, but they also slathered the new modern creams (Noxema, anyone??) all over their faces. Society has progressed quickly, and our bodies haven't caught up. And that's ok: we still have plenty of resources to help your body adapt and move forward in today's world. That's why we at Acupuncture of Tarrytown call it ancient medicine for modern wellness: because that's the way we know how to move forward in health in the world.

Chinese herbs are a refined and professional version of the homespun medicine of your ancestors.

And, they work.

Chemists know why ibuprofen works, but only now are they understanding some of the negative ramifications of long term use of over the counter allergy pills, analgesics, and anti-inflammatories (such as delayed ovulation resulting in fertility issues and implications in Alzheimer's). 

Herbal therapy has been utilized for centuries so we have an accurate system under which herbal therapy is prescribed. And unlike the prescription process in Western medicine, herbs are used based on how the body is expressing the issue (what we call in Chinese medicine the ‘presenting pattern’). One patient coming in complaining of sciatica may be given a formula that is completely different from the next person coming in with the exact same complaint. In herbal therapy, it’s not a one size fits all approach: it’s individualized to meet the specific needs of the patient. 

Much like acupuncture, herbs are used to move the body’s energy and can supplement deficiencies (I’m feeling so tired) or drain excesses (whoa, what’s with this caffeine high I can’t get rid of?). Herbs can pack a powerful punch and works best in conjunction with acupuncture, to boost the efficacy of both treatments. While both move energy, herbs are using powerful external medicinal substances. Acupuncture uses the patient’s own powerful energy to heal. 

For example, a cancer patient undergoing radiation and chemotherapy is not only battling the cancer but also the effects of treatment. Energetically, chemotherapy and radiation are hot and the body has to work overtime to compensate. Studies show that herbal therapies work to decrease nausea and vomiting and increase tumor-reduction response.  Bottom line: herbs improve quality of life, whether you’re going through chemotherapy or are suffering from a migraine.

Quality of life is important, and mental health is a huge component of that. When we’re mentally down or anxious, we can stagnate (in Chinese medicine, it’s your liver qi that gets snagged, caught, and overall gets this feeling of stuckness to it). But what’s great is that that stagnation is a great starting point in treating mental health issues. In Chinese medicine, depression is broken down into a few distinct patterns. A prominent one is Liver Qi Stagnation, for which Chinese herbs have been proven effective in treating

Where there is stagnation, there is pain - be it physical or emotional. 



Looking for more information on specific herbs? Check out our HERB OF THE MONTH series to explore how you can add a little more herbalism into your daily life.

At Acupuncture of Tarrytown, we source our herbs from reputable and sustainable suppliers. Contact us for more information.