Chinese Herbs Chinese HerbsUse of Chinese Herbs goes back thousands of years and is what makes up internal medicine in TCM. A variety of herbs are used together to normalize body biochemistry. Various substances are used in Chinese herbal prescriptions. Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient’s conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out toxicity or side effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the brew is ineffective. These prescriptions contain plant parts and minerals only, with no endangered species of animals or their parts used at Zen Acupuncture in Cambridge.

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