Lake Tahoe Herbal Therapy Services

Since ancient times, people have used plants for healing purposes. Even in today’s modern world of pharmaceuticals, scientific research has validated the effectiveness of herbal remedies for treating a wide range of ailments: from common cold to cancer.

Much of modern medicine originated from our knowledge of plants in nature; in fact, up to 40% of today’s pharmaceuticals are based on herbal remedies from around the world. An example of this is common aspirin. Aspirin was first used as folk medicine. The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid comes from willow bark & was used in 400BC in Greece. Records show that Hippocrates gave women willow leaf tea to relieve the pain of childbirth. There are thousands of examples like this throughout the pharmacopoeia.

Herbal therapy works in conjunction with acupuncture. While acupuncture balances the energy already present in the body, herbs can eliminate toxins or add new energy for increased functioning, strength and vitality. Chinese herbal medicine uses carefully balanced formulas of herbs tailored for each patient’s health needs. They need to be used under the guidance of a qualified herbalist.

Depending on your diagnosis, I will use herbs tailor-made for your specific medical needs. Personalized herbal formulas are prescribed in pills, capsules and teas, and I direct patients to the highest quality herbs available. I work closely with my patients, to ensure that any herbal medicine does not interfere with current pharmaceutical prescriptions. A major benefit of Chinese herbs is the low risk of adverse reactions or side effects. Please contact me with any specific questions or concerns about using herbs.