When you seek acupuncture as a treatment for a wide range of pain and health conditions, your provider may also recommend natural herbal remedies as a supplement. Herbs have been used alongside acupuncture in holistic Chinese medicine for many centuries, and many acupuncturists are also trained herbalists. Here’s what you should know about this treatment option.
Natural Herbal Remedies FAQ
What can herbal treatments do for me?
Many plants contain substances with powerful effects on the body, which is why so many cultures have traditions of treating illnesses with herbs. Different herbs can alleviate pain, decrease inflammation, stimulate the immune system, and soothe irritation and infection.
What herbs are used?
There is a huge variety of plants and plant parts used to create natural remedies, including leaves, seeds, roots, blossoms, fruit, and bark. Some of them, like ginger, rhubarb, and licorice, are familiar. Others are more obscure.
How are natural herbal remedies taken?
While you may be given a packet of herbs to cook or prepare at home, in most cases, herbal remedies come in pill or capsule form. The herb has been dried, prepared, and measured out into ready-made doses to treat your condition. Often, these pills contain specific blends of herbs that work together to treat your ailment.
How does this practice supplement my other treatments?
Herbal remedies and acupuncture go hand in hand in treating many conditions, largely because herbs are less expensive and more practical for daily use than continuous acupuncture treatments. In some cases, they can also supplement mainstream medical treatments — but be careful to tell both your herbalist and your doctor what the other has prescribed you, as some herbs and drugs can have negative interactions. In extreme cases, the compounds in the herbs and in your medication are chemically similar enough — or fulfilling similar enough functions — that taking both can cause an overdose. However, with appropriate guidance and caution, this shouldn’t be a problem.
For a full course of natural herbal remedies and acupuncture treatment to relieve your body’s ailments, visit South Reno Acupuncture in Washoe County, NV. Their practitioner, Dr. Danchak, is nationally certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He provides tailored treatments for each patient, drawing on long traditions of natural healing while using modern technology like EMI computer graphing to provide more accurate diagnoses and treatments. To schedule an appointment, call (775) 849-9800 today or reach out to the team online.