Long Beach Community Acupuncture offers a range of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) formulas. As one of the pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal formulas involve the combination of natural substances and can include pills, capsules, teabags, extract powder, raw herbs, and topical plasters or ointments. Each of our formulas are prescribed to meet the unique needs of each client and can be used to treat a variety of concerns. In fact, some conditions may respond better to a combination of acupuncture and herbal treatment, or herbal medicine may be used on its own.
Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
In short, yes. Chinese herbs should only be prescribed by a Licensed Acupuncturist with herbal training. At LBCA, our extensive training enables us to select suitable herbal formulas for our patients and to monitor our patients’ progress throughout their care. Most patients experience no side effects. However, if there is a question of whether herbs are appropriate for a specific individual, or if there is a potential for interaction with Western medication, we will proceed with caution.
Further, for the safety of our community members here at LBCA, we only use herbs from suppliers who have committed to closely screening the quality of their products.
How Do I Get Started?
If you are interested in learning more about Chinese herbs let your acupuncturist know at your next appointment. They'll talk with you about your goals and recommend one or more formulas they think will work best for your needs. We have a full inventory readily available and herb prices range from $20 to $50.