Chinese HerbsChinese Herbal Medicine


Chinese herbal medicine has used safely for thousands of years. Although some question their “foreign” material, all of them are naturally occurring plant, animal, or mineral substances. There is much study of their pharmacokinetics and pharmaco-dynamics available as well, for those truly curious or cautious. Practitioners spend a few years studying herbs before passing their National board exams. Feel free to ask them about it.


Coastal Acupuncture has the only custom raw Chinese Pharmacy in town!


After working in a Chinese Medicine Pharmacy for three years, Dr. Taliaferro saw the power of raw herbs. They are closest to their natural form, have the least processing, and can be combined in a multitude of ways.


Chinese Herbs are safe when prescribed by a licensed practitioner.


Herbal medicine is an integral component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Studies have shown that as much as 40% of American adults use herbal products.


One single medicinal herb can contain a huge complex of organic and mineral compounds that have been optimally composed by Mother Nature, and therefore carry a unique, organic and mature medicinal profile or therapeutic power. One very important fact is that Chinese herbal medicines are served in a form of whole food rather than an extracted and purified single compound. Although a single herb could be served as a regimen, Chinese herbal medicines are typically administrated in a formula of different herbs (usually 2-16 herbs) that are compiled according to the disease pattern and the basic principles of the Chinese herbal formulating strategy. The herbal medicines can be cooked and served as tea, or prepared in forms of pills or capsules depended on patient’s preference and the clinical need.


Not all plants can be used as herbal medicines. Based upon thousands of years of investigation and practice, traditional Chinese medicine has systematically documented over 5000 medicinal substances (with more than 4000 herbal medicines) regarding their therapeutic functions, clinical indications, herbal interactions, toxicity, serving methods and dosages, and dietary requirements.