Herbal Medicine: Capsules vs Decoction

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Herbal Medicine: Capsules vs Decoction

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Does it really matter how I take my herbal medicine? Perhaps… Check out this article via Epoch Times. 

“This is exactly the method of preparation Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses to extract or release the chemicals stored in botanicals used for medicinal purposes. 

In fact, this was the way I was first introduced to Chinese herbal medicine.  I visited a Licensed Acupuncturist/Doctor of Oriental Medicine whom I was referred to me by my OB/GYN.  Yes, I was extremely fortunate to have an alternative minded OB/GYN who understood just enough about herbs to refer me to a professional.  I was 9 1/2 months pregnant.  (A small exaggeration, but this is how I felt.) The baby was overdue and there were no signs of labor.  I wanted a natural, gentle way to encourage my body into labor.  Rather than experimenting with a bottle of capsules my doctor insisted I see a Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist for a safe herbal prescription.”

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I am not big on drinking tea so I prefer tinctures and capsules.

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  1. jacquiegum says:

    I generally opt for the pill,. too. So maybe my excuse is just laziness…don't want or have the time to put into the prep. Yet reading this has me re-thinking:) I mean why bother with the pill if the effects are so diminished? Maybe I should be more results oriented…or less lazy…or both! Laugh!

  2. Susan Cooper says:

    After reading this article, and finding our how much more effective it is to prepare the herbs yourself, I would probably go for that method next time. It may be more work, but if the results are better than it's time well spent.

  3. JeriWB says:

    Hmmm, I guess if the teas have a stronger effect I would go that route over the pills. Not that I drink much tea, but I always say I'll give it a try and then don't.

  4. patweber says:

    Well this is good news for me! I love herbal teas. Often I will break away from them for a couple of weeks to drink that wonderful tasting Costa Rican coffee. But herbal teas are my preference. This article is quite encouraging.
    Thanks Cheryl.

  5. Used to boil that kind of tea for a while when I lived in London. It worked but was really a nuisance since you ha to devote a lot of time to it. Would much have preferred to take pills. Besides the tea didn't help.

  6. Pills are much easier, but the hebs to cook in traditional chinese medicine, foul tasting as they might be, are definitely better . But the important thing is to take what you are going to stick with , so it's really a personal choice.

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