May 29, 2017

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapies We Offer:

  • Decoction – a pre-mixed combination of raw herbal materials that is simmered and drunk as a tea
  • Capsule – a tasteless gelatin capsule containing a powder form of herbal medicine
  • Tea Pill/Tablet – a small, round pellet or tablet of powdered herbs mixed with either water, honey or rice paste as binding agent
  • Compress – raw or powdered pain-relieving herbs enclosed in a cheese cloth bag that can be placed topically on the body

About Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine has always been the predominant Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment in China for over 3,000 years. While most of today’s modern pharmaceuticals have their basis in herbal healing (for example, aspirin is based on the compound salicin from willow tree bark), taking herbal medicine itself, with its complex organic compounds made in nature and not as an isolated molecule manufactured in a lab, greatly reduces side effects and risk.

At WNHA, we use herbal prescriptions either alone or in conjunction with acupuncture for those conditions that are more effectively treated by herbs. These medicinals are grown, harvested and prepared under very strict international regulations. We stock many herbal formulas in our office. We also have a local licensed herbal pharmacy that can ship custom blended prescriptions directly to our patients.

Professional Training

The practice of Chinese herbal medicine is regulated differently in each state where there are rules and regulations. In Massachusetts, acupuncturists are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine and may include Chinese herbal medicine in their scope of practice if they have completed an accredited herbal training program. Currently, some US Oriental Medicine schools offer a diploma in Herbal Medicine while others offer a graduate degree in it. This latter degree is known as a Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM), indicating extensive study in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. At this time, there is no separate licensing for the practice of Chinese herbal medicine alone in Massachusetts.