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TCM Herbal Medicine Story

All our friends at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in Bellevue know about the importance of taking herbal medicine between acupuncture sessions. Herbal medicine works slightly differently than acupuncture although they are based on the same principles. Just think about if you want to lose weight but maintaining good health, you will do exercise (acupuncture), and on a balanced diet (herbal medicine). It won’t work if you solely rely on just one of the two. We will be covering some interesting stories about herbal medicine from time to time so you get a chance to learn about them.

Some of our patients express their concerns towards the safety issue of herbal medicine. Here at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we only use the finest herbal medicine available in the U.S. All our herbs have been tested for heavy metal and harmful chemicals. On average our herbs are tested 15 times before they are delivered to our clinic. More details will be covered on the next article.
In ancient time there was a man named Mo Yao.  One day, he saw an old elephant lying beside the reeds and was groaning with pain.  The elephant noticed Mo Yao passing by and raised his feet, which had a sharp nail stuck in it.  In order to relieve the elephant from pain, Mo Yao pulled the nail out, but blood started gushing from the wound.  Seeing the blood, the baby elephant nearby quickly grabbed some Artemisia and passed them to Mo Yao.  Mo Yao then placed the herb on the wound and the blood stopped shortly.

In order to express their gratitude, the old elephant and the baby elephant often visited Mo Yao and assisted with plowing after recovery.  More importantly, Artemisia was now being recognized as a herb with medicinal value.

Artemesia is the leaf of Artemisia argyi Levl. Et Vant.  Its properties are bitter, acrid, and warm.  It enters through the spleen, liver, and kidney channels.

Actions & Indications:

  • Warms the womb and stops bleeding.
  • Warms the womb and pacifies the fetus.
  • Disperses cold and alleviates pain.

Caution & Contradiction

Use with caution in cases of heat in the blood or yin deficiency.

To find out how Oriental herbal medicine may address your health concerns, and to schedule for your free consultation please contact us today at 425-392-8881! Our office is located conveniently on Bel-Red Rd. in Bellevue, WA.

The original article is from Brion Research Institute, translated by Sun Ten Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Are You Stuck in First Gear?

Imagine you are driving down the road with your gas pedal to the floor.  Your car runs great and gets you to where you need to be. All is good.

But then you look around and notice that everyone else is whizzing right by you.

Determined to keep up with those around you, you take your car into the shop and have the mechanic give it a good once-over.

The mechanic finds that while you have been getting to where you need to be, you have been doing so while driving in only one gear.  In actuality, he discovers that your car has an entire set of gears that have never even been utilized!

Many people live out their lives the same way; stuck in first gear and never living up to their full potential; not quite hurting, but definitely not at their best.  The problem is that while most people realize that they simply are not living up to par, they don’t know how to access their hidden gearbox to take their health to the next level.
These are the people that need to be under acupuncture care!

The old misconception that acupuncture care is just for those in pain or battling symptoms is quickly being exposed for the fallacy that it is.

Those who get the most out of their acupuncture treatments are the ones who take their care beyond the relief phase and work with their acupuncturist to maintain lifelong health and wellness.

The true essence of acupuncture actually has nothing to do with the treatment of pain and symptoms.  Acupuncture treatments remove meridian system blockages by detecting and correcting imbalances in the meridian system.  Symptoms are relieved as a byproduct of building a healthier body.

A blockage within the meridian system, ones that are continually out of balance, will never allow the body to run at maximum speed and efficiency.   The blockage and imbalance in effect acts as a governor on your body’s engine, limiting it to a certain speed that it can’t rise above.

You are not designed to sputter through life in first gear.  You are created to live all out at full throttle.  Settle for any less and you not only short-change yourself, but also those who depend upon you.

Your meridian system is housing a whole new set of gears that most of us never even tap into.  By unleashing the full scope of your body’s innate potential, acupuncture can help you take your health and your life to unparalleled heights.

To find out how acupuncture may address your health concerns, and to schedule for your free consultation please contact us today at 425-392-8881!