DIY Chinese Herbal Medicine Cabinet: Just as most folks keep a variety of over-the-counter medicines in their cabinet at home, it’s a great idea to have common Chinese herbal medicine products on hand for when you might benefit from having them. Chinese herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years, and is used worldwide today. Chinese herbal medicines are derived from the roots, twigs, bark, leaves, sap and flowers of plants, as well as from animals, insects and minerals. They are available in raw form, or in powder, capsule, pill and tablet, liquid tincture, ointment and salve form. Pre-made formulas are called patent medicines, and for most people these are the easiest to use. They usually contain a carefully selected combination of ingredients for more effectiveness and to reduce potential side effects.
Here are a few I recommend having in your cabinet or travel first aid kit:
------- In summary, DIY Chinese Herbal Medicine Cabinet can offer you safe and time-tested natural remedies that can be used to help you and your family with common health concerns. They can also be used for more serious health issues, but in such cases they should be prescribed by your acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist after a thorough exam and diagnosis.
Jampa Stewart, MSOM, L.Ac. is a board certified acupuncturist and practicing Chinese herbalist. Consultations and treatments can be scheduled by calling 860-619-2788. All these herbal medicines are available at Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center.