“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” — John Muir
Plants have long been our allies. Throughout many civilizations herbal medicine has been used to aid in the human’s mental, bodily and spiritual health. While there are many ways to utilize herbalism to support health, Chinese Medicine herbalism is a unique approach to the whole person; all of the systems; the root and branch. This form of medicine is a way to reclaim your roots, connect with the earth, and feel nourished by the abundance that nature provides.
Chinese medicine patterns
Herbalism through the lens of Chinese Medicine is rooted and prescribed based on patterns and collections of symptoms. There are many patterns of disharmony and often an individual has 1-3 occurring at any given time. Practitioners may create their own unique formulas knowing how certain herbs in the Chinese Medicine pharmacopeia work, while some may prescribe classical formulas already developed and utilized through centuries of time. Some may tweak classical formulas.
Herbalism adapts with you
As with everything in life, humans are constantly changing. With that, patterns of disharmony, as diagnosed through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also change, and therefore formulations will change throughout time as well.
treat the root & the branch will evolve
The uniqueness to herbalism through the TCM lens is that in one pattern differentiation, one may address a laundry list of complaints. For example, one classical formula may help with: insomnia, anxiety, loose bowel movements, lack of appetite, fatigue, irregular menstruation, mental clarity and foggy-headedness, and more. While there are formulas made specifically for headache or pain or onset of a cold or flu, many formulas are prescribed longer term and may be taken for 2-6 months. Other formulas may be utilized as needed depending on circumstance and only for short periods of time. The goal of the longer term formulas is to correct deep, core imbalances that will address a collection of symptoms and not just one (as symptoms are branches to a deeper, root issue).
classical patterns – the ebb & flow
Identifying patterns and matching them to applicable classical formulas is how herbal medicine is practiced at Wild Elements. The format is typically in pill or tincture (liquid) form. An initial intake/consultation is required before a prescription is assigned.
treatment outside of a practitioner
Herbal medicine is a great supplement to acupuncture but also can be utilized as a stand alone pillar. It is a treatment outside of your practitioner and will allow you to provide for and nourish yourself on a regular basis. When taken as directed, herbs can help reduce the frequency and need to visit your acupuncturist. Herbs take time to build in the system and are not an overnight fix. They require dedication and trust in that they are working to subtly harmonize you from the inside out. They are one component to your general well-being and work synergistically with healthy diets, movement, proper sleep, emotional regulation and more.