Q: Do all the herbs come from China?
A: The Chinese adopted and incorporated herbs from all over the world. 15% to 20% of the 500 ingredients considered standard originated from outside of China. What makes them “Chinese herbs” is that they are prescribed according to Chinese medical theory.
Q: How are Chinese herbal medicines taken?
A: They can be taken in several forms: liquid, pills, tinctures and powdered extracts.
Q: Do Chinese herbal medicines have side effects?
A: Most of the components of Chinese herbal medicine have a very low toxicity compared to common, over-the-counter Western drugs. When prescribed correctly, they should have few, if any, side effects, only beneficial healing results.
Q: Can pregnant women take Chinese herbs?
A: A professional TCM practitioner such as Brian Whidden can write herbal prescriptions that are appropriate for pregnant and lactating mothers
Q: Can children take Chinese herbs?
A: Yes, children can be given certain herbs in reduced doses.
Q: How long does it take to see results with Chinese herbal medicine?
A: In acute conditions, results may occur in a matter of minutes. In chronic conditions, some results should be seen within two weeks.