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CHINESE MEDICINE
What is acupuncture?
What is an acupuncture treatment like?
What other methods of treatment does an acupuncturist use?
What is Herbal Medicine?
How are the herbs administered?
Do herbs have side effects?
How does your doctor know what is causing your illness?
What kind of diseases can Chinese Medicine treat?
How many treatments are needed?
Do I have to choose between Chinese medicine and other forms of health care?
Regulation of practice
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

acupuncture palm springs - chinese medicineHow are the herbs administered?

Chinese herbs are traditionally given as a very strong tea. The acupuncturist will give the patient several bags of herbs. Each bag contains a formula of about 12 or so raw herbs that has been prepared specifically for the patient and his or her condition. The patient then prepares the herbs at home by boiling them in water for about a half an hour. The benefit of this method is that the formula can be customized to the patient's particular condition. The acupuncturist may prescribe herbal pills, powders or tinctures instead because these are more convenient. However, the raw herbs are usually stronger and always more adaptable.