Herbology is a vital component of Chinese medicine. It is the pharmaceutical aspect of integrative medicine. Herbology is not restricted to Chinese medicine. It has roots in a variety of traditions across the world. It is truly the foundation of any medicine. Centuries ago, all they had for medications were roots, twigs, berries and leaves. This is the foundation of our modern pharmacopia. We have learned to extract the active ingredients on microcellular level, as its purest form.
What is so good about using herbs versus chemical extractions, is the presence of buffers within the herbs that allow our body to break them down. Chemical extractions lack these.
Prescribing herbs, in conjunction with Acupuncture treatment allows for treatment of the root problem. Acupuncture is amazing to restore balance, and the herbs enhance this even more. As a patient you can continue treatment with herbs as you leave the clinic. Some believe that herbs and acupuncture are just as effective when used by themselves, and some believe they have to be used in conjunction with one another.