Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine dates back over 2000 years. There is an extensive pharmacopeia with over 5000 herbs and minerals. These herbal preparations come in the form of medicinal teas, powders, and pills.

Herbal formulae are designed for specific health problems and each formula is geared to correct specific imbalances in the body. 

Traditional Chinese philosophy proposes that everything including the organs of the body are composed of the five elements : fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Chinese herbs are similarly classified into the five tastes which are sweet, salty, bitter, pungent and sour which correspond to the five elements. For example, the Lung is constituted as a metal element and when out of balance (giving rise to cold and flu for instance) would be treated with a pungent herb which is also constituted as a metal element. There are five major organ systems each of which corresponds to an element and a taste. The lung was mentioned already, the other four organs are:

  • Heart / Fire / Bitter Herbs
  • Kidney / Water / Salty Herbs
  • Liver / Wood / Sour Herbs
  • Stomach / Spleen / Earth / Sweet Herbs

At Optimum Health Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, the majority of our formulas come in pill form which are quite palatable and easy to take. Herbal medicines work for many ailments such as cold and flu, sinus, allergies, insomnia, menstrual cramps and many more maladies. They are an all natural method of healing based on sound science.