Herbal formulas are like recipes. We incorporate herbs that have varying tastes, temperatures, and properties to balance the formula. For example, in treating the common cold, it is essential to treat the symptoms of sore throat and runny nose while supporting the body’s immune system. A well-balanced herbal formula can serve many purposes as the herbs work together synergistically.
- Improve digestion and metabolism with carminative food-based herbs
- Facilitate circulation of blood, lymph and oxygen
- Strengthen the immune system and remove toxins from the body
- Regulate body temperature by adding warming and cooling elements as appropriate
- Support the endocrine and adrenal systems with adaptogenic herbs
- Calm the nervous system to support sleep and relaxation
In Chinese herbology, herbs are categorized according to temperature, flavor, action and organs affected. After a thorough traditional diagnosis, herbalists build a formula in which individual herbs can synergistically support each other while balancing out negative side effects.
- Herbs are classified according to whether they are warming, cooling or neutral in their effect on the body. Cooling herbs treat “heat” conditions and vice versa.
- Flavors correspond to internal organs in the Five Element system. They are spicy, sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Each taste has a physiological effect on the body.
- Each herb has a particular action on the body, such as dispersing, tonifying, astringing and detoxifying. We take into account how herbs act individually and in combination.
- There are twelve major organ systems according to Chinese medical theory. Every herb affects one or more internal organ.
- Herbs can be taken as teas, tinctures, powders or pills.
- All foods are classified as herbs. In addition to prescribing formulas, Rachel supplies recipes and food suggestions so that food can be your medicine and your ally.
- Makes the body slenderer and the figure more beautiful
- Effectively reduces cellulite problems
- Cleanses the body of waste substances and repairs blood and lymphatic circulation
- Makes the skin smoother, more elastic, softer and revitalises dry skin
- Reduces muscular and joint pains
- Relaxes, refreshes and gives a wonderful feeling, reduces fatigue and stress
Herbs have been used in every culture throughout history to treat ailments and regulate the natural functions of the body. Rachel is a licensed Chinese herbalist who is also trained in Western herbalism. She uses organic, locally grown herbs whenever possible. Herbal remedies can be used on their own, but are ideal when combined with acupuncture, hands-on therapies, dietary changes and emotional repatterning.