Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine has a history that dates back over 5,000 years. Emperor Shen Nong (2696 BC) is attributed with the origin of Chinese herbal remedies. He is considered the father of Chinese agriculture and tasted hundreds of herbs to understand their medicinal properties. Knowledge about Chinese herbs was gained and passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth until the first written records in 1200 BC.

These records are as oracle bone inscriptions, the original way ancient Chinese people recorded events and knowledge. It wasn’t until 2,000 years after Shen Nong that the Shen Nong Ben Cao (Divine Husbandman’s Classic of Materia Medica) was written. Among many others now, it is one of the major texts used today for effective Chinese herbal medicine treatment.

A Branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese herbs are one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The other branches are acupuncture, nutrition, massage, and exercise. At Integrative Acupuncture, we use any of these for each patient we see–depending on their individual needs. Effective practice of acupuncture or prescription of herbs depends on effective diagnosis of the body to understand why the symptoms have arisen.

Chinese herbs have been used in formulas for thousands of years, or in combinations of several herbs, from two to twenty together. The effect of the combination of particular herbs is what becomes useful in treating imbalance, rather than the effect of the individual herbs. In modern times, we are able to examine the chemical makeup of Chinese herbs. This makes even more sense as to why they are effective at treating certain disorders.

Are Organic Chinese Herbs Safe?


Chinese herbs are extremely safe when taken under the supervision of a trained herbalist and high quality herbs are chosen. Our passion at Integrative Acupuncture is helping patients feel better. We are committed to using herbs that are:

  • Certified Organic Chinese herbs whenever possible (minerals are not able to be certified organic, so some of our traditional formulas are not 100% organic due to their use of minerals)
  • Non Sulfured
  • Non Radiated
  • Contain no Fillers
  • Tested for Quality and Purity

When Chinese herbs are deemed unsafe, it is due to sulfur, fillers, or hidden ingredients. The herbs carried by Integrative Acupuncture are guaranteed to be free of sulfur and fillers and have been tested for any additional ingredients.

As holistic health providers, we are passionate about treating the whole; the whole body, the whole family, and the whole earth. We recognize and are committed to the highest ecological standards in all aspects of our practice, including our herbal formulas. Our formulas are certified organic Chinese herbs to standards above and beyond what the USDA organic certification requires. The World Health Organization has additional certifications we have achieved including:

  • GMP Good Manufacturing Processes
  • GAP Good Agricultural Processes
  • GLP Good Laboratory Processes
  • GPP Good Production Processes


More on Integrative Acupuncture’s herbal formulas to come ….