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Medicine Cabinet Essentials

Chinese Medicine Edition

· TCM,Wellness

It’s been a minute!

As the new year rolled in it came with a new transition for my little family. We made our move from home to the land of forests and crisp air, Washington state!

Though it’s taken me a bit to settle in, I’ve missed sitting down and connecting with you all through the blog and sharing whatever comes to mind. As I’ve been steadily making this new home feel like home I thought I’d share some medicine cabinet essentials you need, Chinese Medicine edition!

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a toolbox that has a handful of different therapeutic modalities, there are many tools that we use as practitioners to achieve good health . Herbal medicine is one of the most commonly practiced modality. The history of herbs used and documented go way back, thousands of years.

*Note: Please consult with a trained herbalist/licensed Chinese Medicine practitioner who has the knowledge of what may work best for your body and condition, side effects, drug interaction, and proper dosing.

Using a combination of herbs to create a formula holds more strength in relieving the ailment at hand versus one herb alone. There are the classic herbal formulas that can be modified for each unique individual in their presentation or a formula can be put together given the issue and symptoms.

When an herbal formula is put together the herbalist is doing so purposefully: 

  1. Chief: First herb is the main herb that target the disease issue. 
  2. Deputy: Second group of herbs help assist the chief herb(s) in enhancing their effectiveness because again, strength is in numbers. 
  3. Assistant: Third group of herbs address their symptoms that are due to the chief complaint. 
  4. Envoy: Last and fourth group of herbs make sure that all the herbs work together cohesively, minimizing any possible side effects.

There are also different ways you can take Chinese herbs, here are some of the more common ways:

  • Granules/Powder: High concentrated powder extracts that you drink with warm water like a tea, usually coated onto starch as the base.
  • Pills: Easiest to take, but you usually end up having to take about 5-8 pills per dose a day just because one pill can only hold so much potency of the herbs used. It is usual you take herbs or a dose 3-4 times a day and that's in any form.
  • Tincture: Taken orally/sublingually that goes straight to the bloodstream. Potency is high. (Most often contains alcohol as the base.)
  • Raw: Steeped and boiled and the most time consuming because you have to concoct the herbal tea yourself, but may be the most beneficial with potency and constituents.

If you have any questions or wanting to see more about certain formulas, I'm your girl!

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