Each herb has different properties such as temperature, flavor, and direction. These qualities generally determine its therapeutic effect. For instance, Ren Shen (人参, ginseng) is warm, sweet and slightly bitter, making it a powerful qi tonic. Bo He (薄荷, mint) is cool, acrid and dispersing, which makes it very useful for certain kinds of colds and flu.
A custom herbal prescription allows the practitioner to alter the ingredients and dosages according to the patient’s needs. By combining individual herbs into comprehensive formulas, multiple symptoms and aspects of one’s physiology can be addressed holistically.
Yes. When prescribed by a trained practitioner, herbs are extremely safe. Three Mountain maintains a partnership with Fat Turtle Herb Company, which sources the highest quality pesticide-free and preservative-free herbs. Their commitment to providing quality products, complete with certificates of analysis and guarantee of sourcing, makes Fat Turtle an invaluable resource to our clinic.
There are many different ways of taking East Asian herbs. The strongest and most traditional way of taking herbs is to cook them fresh each day on your stovetop. You can also take herbs as a powder mixed with hot water (similar to instant coffee or tea), in capsules, pills, or as pre-cooked and pre-measured liquid vacuum packs.
Herbal soaks, plasters, creams, or masks may also be prescribed for external use when necessary.