Chinese herbal formulas treat the pattern of disharmony that the acupuncturist has diagnosed. This means that the herbs treat the underlying imbalance that caused the condition to arise in the first place. Herbal formulas work in a variety of ways. They unblock the energy, remove toxins, nourish the body, and help to repair the organs. The formulas are not meant to be taken for extended periods of time, but for a treatment course of several weeks or months. During this time, the formulas can be modified to accommodate the patient’s changing needs. There are also specific formulas to treat conditions such as the common cold or flu. Chinese herbs, if used properly, have no side effects, and can be used in conjunction with prescription medication. Chinese herbs produce a regulatory effect on the body that is much gentler than pharmaceuticals.
Western drugs and Chinese herbs differ in that western drugs are designed to control specific symptoms. Pharmaceuticals mask symptoms. If you stop taking a medication, your symptoms still persist and may become worse due to a rebound effect. Chinese herbs, like acupuncture, heal from the inside out, helping to reduce or eliminate your body’s need for medication.
In Julie's practice, she creates individualized prescriptions of herbal tinctures that treat the symptoms, constitution, and emotional state of each patient. Julie also has a Chinese patent medicine pharmacy (pills), to meet all my patient’s needs.