What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced for thousands of years, and has continued to develop as research points to new ways herbal medicine can help in healing, health and well being. The materia medica of Traditional Chinese Medicine is comprised of over 500 single herbs mostly coming from plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, flowers and bark. Every herb has multiple functions and they are categorized according to taste, temperature and main use. Single herbs work synergistically when they are combined into formulas and are rarely used individually. At Essential Points Acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas are prescribed for each individual patient based on diagnostic patterns and principles.