If you walk into a Chinese herb shop usually there is a Chinese Herbalist available. They usually don’t charge you a fee if you purchase your herbs there for your illness. Herbs are very important in the Asian community. Chinese people use herbs to strengthen and balance their body’s Qi. They believe Qi is a person’s life force. When a person’s Qi is weak, they will get sick. But you don’t have to be ill to use herbs.
A Chinese Herbalist believes when you treat the body, you need to treat the body as a whole. If your lungs are weak, you need to find out what is causing the lungs to be weak. You need to get to the root of the problem instead of just the surface of the problem.
In order to understand Chinese Herbal Medicine, you must understand the Ying and Yang theory. The body attempts to maintain a natural balance between yin and yang. Eating which is necessary for subsistence, is considered yin while the actions of the body itself, which expends energy, is considered yang. Under normal conditions, when one is without illness, the body is said to be in yin and yang balance.
This is what you should expect when you go visit a Herbalist: He will take your pulse first because the pulse will tell him which of your organs are strong and which ones are weak. He will also analyze your tongue for clues to your sickness. One thing you may not notice your herbalist doing is observing you carefully throughout the visit. Near the end of the first visit, the herbalist will put all the information together and come up with a diagnosis. He will decide the right herbs for you and also how you should take them. It’s up to you to decide how many bags of herbs to purchase. Most people purchase enough bags for one week’s use. Sometimes people buy a clay pot to heat the herbs. Metal pots can make the herbs less effective.
Usually after 1 or 2 weeks of treatment you could feel the difference. But if you don’t feel any improvement after 1 month, it may be time to change to different herbs or even a different herbalist.