There is an old saying in Chinese Medicine, “when food fails, prescribe herbs.” Food is the first line of defense in Chinese Medicine, so it is no wonder that many herbal prescriptions contain common herbs and spices you can find in your kitchen pantry. However, when food is not enough to correct an imbalance, you can turn to herbal medicines. There are many ways to prepare and use herbal medicine, you can take prepared honey pills, called patent herbs, powders that are mixed in water, tinctures and herbal wines and raw teas that are boiled and taken daily for a period of time.
Many who have used raw teas usually will remark that they are an “acquired taste.” This is a nice way of saying that they taste terrible. The taste is quite different from the herbal teas available at the market, but the benefit of taking the traditional herbal medicine usually outweighs having to endure any unpleasant taste. Many people are curious about taking herbal medicine, but have heard horror stories about side effects after taking them. It’s important to understand that herbal medicine can cause undesirable side effects if prescribed incorrectly. It’s best to see an experienced herbalist instead of taking an over the counter formulation. When well prepared, these herbal formulas can be quite helpful, especially if the preparation has been designed specifically for your own unique constellation of needs.