Herbs come in raw tea form, powder or tiny pills, in descending order of price and potency. They cost anywhere between $15-40/week and prescription duration can range from a few days to a few months, depending on your condition. There is no such thing as "the herb for (fill in condition here)," as holistic medicine prescribes to individual patterns, not symptoms. Although they haven't yet gained as much mainstream acceptance as acupuncture, herbs are just as much a part of Chinese medicine, and often indispensable to treating chronic illness. Some commonly used ingredients include ginger, licorice and Chinese yam, and many hundreds more.
The formulas I use are manufactured in California or upstate New York, and are tested to confirm accuracy and purity. They are in full compliance with FDA regulations. I find it curious when people are apprehensive about taking herbs, citing unknowingness of their content, but have no problem taking pharmaceuticals without any knowledge of their chemical composition. The only patients I don't encourage to take herbs are those on three medications or more, pregnant women, or those unwilling to eat healthy, as a poor diet can more or less cancel out any supplement's efficacy.
COMMONLY TREATED CONDITIONS:
Acid Reflux, Anxiety, Arthritis, Autoimmune conditions, Common Cold, Constipation, Digestive issues, Eczema, Endometriosis, Hypertension, IBS, Infertility, Migraines, PMS, Sleep Apnea, Stress, Tinnitus, Urinary issues
It is important to not miss doses, as herbs are powerful yet gentle. Their efficacy depends on continuity. Do not take with caffeine, as it can inhibit absorption. Discontinue only if you catch a cold, and resume once the cold is resolved.
For black tea pills: 15 pills, twice a day, preferably with warm or hot water. Take any time between 8am-8pm, with or without food, at least an hour apart from other medications so as to maximize absorption.
For powder or capsules: Mix with any amount of hot water to dissolve the powder granules - either 6 grams (2 teaspoons) twice a day or 12 grams (4 teaspoons) once. If you hate the taste you can make a tiny cup of water, allow it to cool and take in one gulp. Do not mix with sugar or honey, but you can chase with lemon water. Take any time between 8am-8pm, with or without food, at least an hour apart from other medications so as to maximize absorption.