Herbal Medicine & Supplements

Wellspring LifeCare -  - Integrative Medicine Clinic

Wellspring LifeCare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Advanced Diagnostic Center located in Irvine, CA

Herbal medicine has been the first line of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It’s increasingly recognized in mainstream medicine because the active ingredients in herbs produce beneficial effects. Dr. Sheri Ho at Wellspring LifeCare has extensive experience in using herbal medicine as well as research-based supplements for a broad range of conditions, prescribing formulas that are customized to meet your health needs. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Irvine, California, or use the online booking feature.

Herbal Medicine & Supplements Q & A

What is herbal medicine?

Plants naturally produce biologically active ingredients that serve important roles in the plant. The components found in many plants also have a direct effect on your body. Herbal medicine uses these bioactive ingredients to prevent disease and treat illnesses.

If you’d like proof that herbal medicine is effective, consider this: Prescription medications such as atropine and digoxin are now made synthetically, but they were originally produced from bioactive plant ingredients.

Herbal medicine comes in a variety of forms, Wellspring LifeCare uses the following forms for most of our patients:

  • Powdered herbs: the prescribed herbs are preprocessed into a powder that you mix with hot water
  • Chinese patent formulas: premade pills or tablets
  • Research-based supplements: vitamins, minerals, and/or herb-based

If you need to relieve tight, painful muscles, Wellspring LifeCare also offers medicinal plaster for pain relief.

What health conditions does herbal medicine treat?

Plants contain numerous bioactive ingredients that can treat many health problems, from a cold or allergies to chronic fatigue syndrome.

These are only a few examples of conditions treated with herbal prescriptions:

  • Allergies & inflammation (e.g., allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, chronic pharyngitis)
  • Respiratory conditions (e.g., asthma, bronchitis)
  • Skin conditions (e.g., eczema, rosacea)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (e..g, acid reflux, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Gynecological conditions (e.g., menstrual disorders, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal symptoms)

Your doctor at Wellspring LifeCare may also prescribe herbal medicine to relieve symptoms caused by emotional stress, depression, and anxiety.

What should I know about combining herbal medicine with conventional medications?

The potent active ingredients in herbs can interact with conventional medications, supplements, and other herbs. As medical doctors and experts in traditional Chinese medicine, the doctors at Wellspring LifeCare are particularly well-qualified to prescribe the exact herbs needed for your healthcare, while also ensuring your herbal medicine will not adversely interact with other medications or supplements you may take.

To learn whether natural herbal medicine can help with your health concerns, call Wellspring LifeCare or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

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