After an initial consultation and assessment of the individual needs of the patient, Dana will select an herbal remedy/formula from a choice of over 400 substances found in nature, to restore balance to the opposing forces of energy - Yin and Yang. Most herbs are root and plant based (flowers, seeds, bark and roots). Certain materials that were traditionally used, such as endangered substances or toxic minerals, are no longer part of the repertoire in formulation.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is different from pharmaceuticals as it is not a “pill taken for life”. Instead, one takes a formula until there is a desired shift and then the formula needs are re-evaluated. Chinese Herbal Medicine has been proven effective in clinical trials going back thousands of years. It is both safe and beneficial when formulated by a qualified practitioner. Before recommending a formula, it is necessary to have a full list of any Western pharmaceuticals to verify that they will work safely together.
All formulas used at Midwest are certified to meet rigorous standards in safety and efficacy. The manufacturer tests every incoming lot of herbs for over 200 different pesticides as well as all toxic metals and bio-burdens, such as yeast, mold, E. Coli, Staphylococcus and Salmonella.
Used alongside acupuncture treatments, Chinese herbal formulas can augment the effects of therapy for specific medical conditions. Preventative tonics can also be used to boost the immune system against the common cold or flu, or to aid recuperation from chronic illness. As Chinese Herbal Medicine uses natural and plant-derived substances, the user avoids the unwelcome side-effects often experienced with pharmaceutical drugs.