At MonkeyMind Wellness, Inc. we use a variety of treatments including Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation and Nutritional Counseling. This holistic approach is beneficial for any and all conditions, from reducing stress and boosting the immune system to alleviating acute pain and chronic illness.
As a central focus of your care, nutrition is used as a preventative, alternative and adjunctive approach for intervention in the disease process. We hope to compete the nutritional gap with use of dietary modification, lifestyle changes as well as whole food therapeutic whole food supplement formulas.
Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person's Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.
Chinese medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Your practitioner will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before prescribing herbs to you.. With suitable adjustments for dosage and with some provisos which will be determined by your practitioner, children and pregnant women can very well be treated by Chinese medicine.
Herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs. Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause side-effects. Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formulae balance each other, and they undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety. Thirdly, herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage this self-healing process.
Whole Food supplements supply our bodies with nutrients we are not getting from our diet—all the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients that foods possess in a way that nature intended. Unfortunately, not all supplements are created equal and many synthetic varieties can cause more harm than good. We have chosen to work with companies we know and trust to insure you are getting the very best nutrient dense, high quality, supplementation available (available only through a health care professional and never over the counter).
Q: Are herbs / supplements safe?
A: Safer than most over the counter allopathic medication
Q: Are there contraindications to herbal treatment ?
A: Every patient is different and every case is unique. Herbal and supplement prescriptions are very specific to the patient and condition.
Q: Are these herbs and supplements I can find myself at Whole Foods ?
A: The companies we work with are high quality and practitioner only. You cannot find them in your local store but know that we have vetted and checked quality control on your behalf.