Chinese Herbal Medicine

PATIENT INFORMATION

What Is Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Chinese herbal medicine is a major part of traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. Herbalists in our Chinese Herbal Therapy Clinic draw from “Materia Medica,” a traditional Chinese medicine text that covers thousands of herbs, minerals and other extracts.

What Conditions Are Best Treated With Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. Chinese herbal therapy aims to help you regain homeostasis, or balance, in your body and to strengthen your body’s resistance to disease. Chinese herbs may be used to:

  • Decrease cold/flu symptoms
  • Increase your energy
  • Improve your breathing
  • Improve digestion
  • Improve your sleep
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve menopausal symptoms
  • Help regulate menstrual cycles if infertility is an issue
  • Reduce side effects from chemotherapy and radiation
  • Can help prevent prediabetes from turning into diabetes

 

Chinese herbal therapy can also be a valuable additional therapy following cancer treatment to aid the body’s recovery from the after-effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation. Chinese herbs are useful in rehabilitation for other chronic diseases too.

We may recommend Chinese herbal therapy when:

  • You have multiple symptoms or they are hard to pinpoint
  • You’ve exhausted traditional medical options and nothing seems to help
  • You need therapy to counteract side effects of prescribed medication
  • You are interested in preventive treatment

 

What Happens During A Chinese Herbal Therapy Consult?

The herbalist at Levin Therapeutics can prescribe herbs either as primary therapy or as a complement to acupuncture treatments. The herbalist will perform several diagnostic procedures and take a detailed health history. This will include your past and current illnesses, and medication use. Once you have been fully assessed, the herbalist will make recommendations and provide either a proprietary or custom formula.

 

Is Chinese Herbal Therapy Covered By Insurance?

No. Chinese herbal therapy is not covered by insurance.

 

Is Chinese Herbal Therapy A Replacement For Conventional Western Treatment?

No. Chinese herbal therapy is not a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treatment. However, it can complement your conventional treatment plan. Your herbalist will work closely with your physician to manage your care and monitor your course of treatment while on the Chinese herbal therapy. Prior to starting any Chinese herbal treatment, we advise you to consult with your physician.

 

Will Chinese Herbal Therapy Interfere With My Medications?

No. Our clinic’s herbalists are overseen by physicians and are trained to know how herbal therapy can interact with prescription medications. In addition, they will always ask you about any over-the-counter medications and supplements you are taking to make sure that herbal therapy is safe and effective.

 

How Much Does It Cost?

Initial herbal consultation appointments are $100 and appointments are typically one-hour. Follow-up appointments cost $55 and the appointment length is typically about 30 minutes. We recommend that follow-up appointments are made every two weeks so that your practitioner can carefully keep track of any changes in your condition that may have occurred and make a modification to your formula if necessary. The cost of an herbal formula is separate from the consultation fee. Typically an herbal formula can cost anywhere between $30-$50 and it will last anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on your recommended dosage. Due to fluctuations in market prices for herbs and the availability of different herbs, prices may vary.

 

How Do I Pay For and Receive My Herbal Formula?

Once you have met with your herbalist, they will then write you an herbal prescription and you will receive an email from Crane Herb Company regarding how to complete your order and have your herbs shipped directly to your preferred address.

 

How Do I Take My Herbs?

Your herbalist will give you specific instructions on how and when to take your herbal formula. In a typical scenario, you take the herbal formula 2-4 times each day. Instructions will be clearly written out on your herbs when they arrive in the mail.

 

ABOUT THE HERBS SOURCED FROM CRANE HERB COMPANY

Highest Quality of Herbal Products:

Crane offers only those products that meet our rigorous standards of testing and clinical effectiveness. While all of our sources comply with FDA cGMP standards, we encourage these vendors to also make their products with the highest traditions of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Our Custom Pharmacies compound herb prescriptions with KPC concentrated powders. KPC is an ISO 9001 company and is the only Chinese herb company to meet the rigorous standards of all industrialized nations. Ours are the only pharmacies that compound herb prescriptions which comply with the FDA cGMP standards, FDA Labeling Requirements, and HIPAA. Crane’s labs operate in full compliance with all FDA, HIPAA, and National Security Agency regulations. We manufacture according to a comprehensive set of safety precautions and accuracy measures.