I was recently asked what the difference was between a “plain ‘ole herbal formula” and a customized formula, modified specifically for a patient’s condition at a specific moment in time.
Firstly, when used correctly herbs and a combination of herbs (formulas) can be of great benefit to your body, helping to relieve symptoms. Formulas created by a licensed acupuncture physician can relieve symptoms without causing side effects or damage to other parts of your body. Herbs are a great way to knock out that cold before it can take hold, without the side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics.
The difference between a standard formula to clear that cold from taking hold and a customized formula for you specifically at this time, these symptoms, and your nature can be quite significant. For example: Cinnamon Twig Formula (Gui Zhi Tang in Chinese) is a commonly used standard formula for cold and flu season. Its ingredients: Cinnamon Twig, White Peony Root, Fresh Ginger Rhizome, Dates (Jujube), and Honey-Fried Licorice Root.
To customize this particular formula, your acupuncture physician takes into account the type of your symptoms and the severity of them: chills and fever not alleviated by sweating, stiff neck, headache, aversion to wind, etc. (common cold symptoms). You may need more of the Cinnamon Twig and less of the Ginger than the standard “recipe” calls for. You may benefit from the addition Ledebouriella Root if you have significant nasal congestion and sneezing. Perhaps you have a swollen and heavy sensation in your head indicating the addition of Chrysanthemum Flower. A lot of heat? perhaps gypsum or Anemarrhenae Rhizome or Scullcap Root (the decision of which depends on the kind of heat, where the heat is most felt, and time of day).
A specific formula Just for You, just for the picture of entire symptoms with which you present today will mean a much quicker and targeted response with fewer side effects, and you getting back to the symptom-free You much quicker, ready to take on the world feeling great.
Ask your acupuncture physician for a formula made Just for You!