Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) consists of 5,767 substances derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources. Herbs became an integral part of Chinese medicine thousands of years ago when the legendary emperor Shen Nong taught the ancient Chinese how to use them for diet and therapy. Many ancient herbal formulas are still used today to treat humans and animals but recently there have been modifications and new formulas developed to address the modern animal and their illnesses.
Western Herbal Medicine developed all over the world by indigenous peoples thousands of years ago. It differs in the approach to prescribing the individual herbs compared to TCHM but is just as effective in alleviating illness.
Herbs can be as effective as acupuncture alone in some cases and can improve acupuncture results for many.