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Chinese Herbs

Austin Quan Yin

Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist, and Integrative Medicine Practitioner located in Austin, TX

Chinese herbal therapy is one of the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine studies. Chinese herbal supplements can either complement acupuncture or work as a stand-alone therapy. Men and women in and around Austin, Texas, have access to a team of highly-skilled practitioners with extensive training in Asian herbal medicine at Austin Quan Yin. If you’re curious about how Chinese herbal formulas can improve your health and vitality, book an appointment.

Chinese Herbs Q & A

What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese traditional herbal medicine is a system of medicine perfected over two thousand years as the best way to treat certain conditions and illnesses. Modern Chinese medicine regularly uses about 700 herbs out of the 11,000 herbs in the traditional pharmacopeia. These 700 herbs used in modern Chinese herbal medicine tend to be those considered the safest, most effective, and most ethical.

Similar to other Chinese therapies, herbal medicine is focused on the relationship and strength of qi, yin, yang and other "vital substances" within the body. Another area of focus is on the elements of earth, fire, water, metal, and wood within the body. Chinese herbs are classified into salty, sweet, pungent, bitter, and sour to correspond with those five elements.

While acupuncture helps to address functional issues within the body and the relationships between these various elements and substances, Chinese herbal therapy has the ability to actually replenish the substances if they have been damaged or diminished. Often, a combination of both acupuncture and Chinese herbal supplements will prove to be the most effective combination for long-term improvements in health and wellness.

What types of health issues can be improved with Chinese herbal therapy?

Chinese herbal medicine effectively treats acute and chronic symptoms. The goal is to treat the underlying condition to alter the disease process, not just manage symptoms.

Distinguishing between the “root” (the constitutional aspect) and the “branch” (the manifestation or symptom) allows treatment to be tailored to the individual, not the disease. This results in more effective treatment with minimal or no side effects.

Some of the applications for Chinese herbal therapy include:

  • Acute or chronic pain (including neck, head, back, shoulder and knee pain)
  • Allergies and sinus issues
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Fatigue and chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory diseases (including COPD, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath)
  • Dermatological issues (including rashes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, and herpes)
  • Digestive issues (including nausea, acid reflux, gastritis, constipation and IBS, GI issues with diarrhea and pain, inflammatory bowel disorders)
  • Colds, flus, viruses, and bacterial conditions
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and depression

This is far from a comprehensive list. Chinese traditional herbs have been used to improve many different ailments. 

Does it matter where I get my Chinese herbs?

One of the most important tenets in herbalism is proper identification. Austin Quan Yin prides itself on using Chinese herb suppliers that use at least two different methods of verification to ensure:

1.) That each herb is exactly the herb it should be (not a look-alike), and 2.) That each herb has the correct potency of constituents that give it its unique therapeutic benefits.

Additionally, each company we use tests its products for the presence of heavy metals, pesticides, yeast and mold, bacteria, and other potential contaminants.

Just as with all products intended for consumption, it’s important to choose a source for your TCM herbal medicine that is trustworthy. Part of the reason Austin Quan Yin offers a well-stocked apothecary is to ensure that our patients receive only the highest-quality Chinese herbs. 

You can rest assured you are getting Chinese medicine remedies that are formulated with quality botanical ingredients and no harmful preservatives or additives. Stock is rotated to ensure proper freshness, and you always have the guidance of our highly trained practitioners (each a TCM herbalist!) directing you to the right products for your needs. 

When you’re ready to explore the benefits of Chinese herbal medicine in more detail, schedule a time to visit Austin Quan Yin. Online booking is available, or you’re always welcome to call the office to set up an appointment.