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Herbal Medicine

Sharon Shuppert, Dipl. OM, L.Ac. has received training from world-renowned acupuncture teacher, Dr. Richard The-Fu Tan. For premium quality oriental medicine treatments, contact The Phoenix & Dragon in Austin, TX, or book an appointment online at

What is Chinese medicine?

In herbal medicine, plants and their parts are used to deliver a therapeutic scent, as in aromatherapy, or for medicinal purposes. In addition, Chinese medicine may include other things from nature, such as fossilized bone, shells and insects. Each of these ingredients have powerful healing properties which can greatly improve your health and wellbeing. I have trained, and worked with Chinese medicine for over 25 years. In this time, I have seen amazing results using Chinese medicine. 

Some Chinese medicines are similar to dietary supplements and are used to improve or maintain overall health and well-being. The mainstay of Chinese herbs, though, is their healing medicinal qualities that are used to treat disease, injury, and illness. The ingredients used in The Phoenix & Dragon pharmacy are the highest grade medicinal herbs available. They may come in the form of granules, tablets, capsules, or tea pills.

As science and technology advanced, herbal and natural medicine began to decline in favor of pharmaceutical drugs and medications. More recently, however, herbal and natural medicine is growing in popularity again, with more than 80% of all people using these powerful medicinals to improve their health.

As long as people have lived it seems that these gifts from nature have been used to fulfill therapeutic purposes.

What types of conditions are treated with herbal medicine?

The pharmacy at The Phoenix & Dragon carries medicinal granules from Evergreen Herbs, which are primarily sourced from China and Taiwan.  I also partner with Wei Laboratories for some chronic conditions.  The biochemists at Wei Laboratories have advanced Chinese medicine by applying western scientific research, creating new formulas for the 21st century. I have successfully used their products to treat musculoskeletal issues as well as intractable diseases affecting the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys.

Chinese herbal medicine is most often blended to achieve optimal efficacy.  A custom formula will have chief herbs to address the main complaint, deputy herbs to help treat the main concern and any secondary symptoms, assistant herbs to support or balance the formula. Formulas also use guide herbs which direct the medicinal properties of the herbs to the intended area of the body.  By combining herbs, a synergy is achieved and the formula is stronger and more effective than a single herb. These custom formulas treat a wide range of conditions, such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue, eczema, fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines, lung, liver and kidney disease, neurological disorders and a large variety of other conditions.  

Is Chinese medicine considered safe?

I use herbal medicine from companies here in the United States who use rigorous testing of all their products. Because of their origins, herbal and natural medicine products are generally regarded as safe. The individual herbs are homeostatic with a perfect chemical balance created by nature, and, because of their holistic nature, they are easily assimilated by the body.  

Remember, Chinese herbal medicine predates pharmaceuticals by over 5,000 years.  Herbs were used to treat all diseases and health conditions.  Today, we know that pharmaceuticals may give us quick relief or improve our labs, but Chinese medicine addresses the root cause as well as the symptoms (branches).  Chinese herbal medicine has low incidents of side effects and, in some cases, such as the treatment of viruses, mycobacteria, and gram negative bacteria, they are more effective than pharmaceuticals. It’s important to work with a qualified practitioner, who can prescribe the formula tailored to your needs, monitor your progress and make changes as needed.

Some Chinese medicines products may negatively interact with prescription drugs that you may be taking. For that reason, you should always be candid about any medicines you are taking so that I can provide the safest herbal medicine products for your situation.

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