Herbology is one of the most important modalities utilized in traditional Oriental Medicine. Each prescription is a mixture of many herbs tailored to the individual patient called an Herbal Formula. Oriental Medicine practitioners spend over 1200 didactic hours learning how to utilize over 750 herbs mixed in more than 340 formulas according to each pattern of disease.
The formula is usually designed using one or two main ingredients that target the illness and other ingredients are added to adjust the formula to the patient's constitution and condition. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out other properties of the main ingredients (as herbs have more than one quality in nature) and some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the formula is ineffective. The latter steps require great expertise and knowledge, and make the difference between "herbs" and a very effective formula. If you ever wonder why the "herbs" sold over the internet or at markets never work, this should answer it.
Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients.
Oriental herbology often incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants, the leaf, stem, flower, root, and also minerals.
As Dr. John Chen* states, there are many reputable companies providing quality herbs, but there are also unethical manufacturers selling substandard products that generate a negative impression for the whole profession.
Although many herbal products on the market share the same traditional name, the potency and the purity of the product as well as the therapeutic efficacy can only be guaranteed with tests to verify authenticity, potency, purity and safety.
Our clinic dispenses only the very best pharmaceutical grade herbal extracts, from Evergreens, tailored to your specific needs.
*Dr. John K. Chen, Ph.D., Pharm.D., OMD, L.Ac. a graduate of USC School of Pharmacy, a Doctor in Oriental medicine and Acupuncture is the Research Director of our herbs and medical supplies: Evergreen