QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What Is Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine in traditional Chinese medicine describes formulae which are
made from the roots, stems, bark, leaves, seeds or flowers of many plants, as
well as some mineral and animal parts.
The herbs are usually decocted into a soup. Some come in ready-prepared pill
or powder, called “patent” herbal remedies. The herbal medicine is usually taken
in the form of a “recipe” called a prescription. To make up a prescription, a
practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine carefully blends together a number
of herbs which have specific functions.
Most Chinese medicinal herbs are regarded as dietary supplements in the USA.
So far, there is no FDA-approved medicinal herb as a drug (herbal medicine) in
this category. Therefore, customers/patients should not expect to have
“prescription” of herbs for the treatment or diagnosis of diseases. This clinic will
only provide consultations for the use of herbs/herbal products as dietary