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Chinese Herbs

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Services, Olympia WA

Chinese herbology is the art of combining different herbal substances to restore health and strengthen the body.

Herbal formulas are generally composed of 10-14 herbs and are tailored specifically to each person’s individual health condition.  The herbs come in  powdered extracts.  An herbal consultation generally lasts between 15-30 minutes.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Chinese herbs safe? 

Yes, Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years in China with few negative health effects.   While strong medicine, Chinese herbs are slower acting than drug therapy. Their comparatively gentler action reduces the potential for the side effects many drugs cause.

Whenever possible, we purchase organic bulk herbs from trusted suppliers. 100% of our herbal powders are from internationally certified “GMP” (Good Manufacturing Practices) factories who extensively test the raw herbs and finished products for quality and purity.


Is it safe to combine Chinese herbs with pharmaceutical drugs?

In the majority of cases it is safe to combine western drugs with Chinese herbs.  However, there are exceptions to this rule particularly in the case of drugs with narrow therapeutic margins, such as Cumadin. These drugs have a small therapeutic range that can easily be affected by changes in body chemistry. In this case, the introduction of Chinese herbs will affect the dosing of the drug.


How do I take powder herbs? 

Boil water.  Place water in a cup then add the prescribed number of scoops of herbs.  Stir to dissolve.  Drink.

You may experiment with the amount of water you use to dissolve the powders.  Some prefer using a small amount (about 1/2 inch of water in your cup) and taking the herbs like a shot.  Others prefer diluting the herbs in a full cup of water.


When do I take my herbs?

Take your herbs two times per day, between meals.  For example, if you eat breakfast at 8:00 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM, and dinner at 6:00 PM you would take your herbs around 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.


Is it OK to add sweetener or other flavors to my herbs?

It is OK to add a small amount of honey or brown sugar to your herbs.  Please do not mix your herbs with coffee, tea, milk, lemon juice or other liquids- doing so alters the function of the herbs.


Can I share my herbs with someone who has a similar health concern?

No.  Chinese herbal formulas are designed specifically for your overall condition, not specific symptoms.  Although you may know someone with similar symptoms, the herbal formula that is right for you may not be right for them.