Chinese herbs and herbology:
Except for the use of a few well-known herbs such as Ginseng, Dong Quai, and Astragalus, Chinese herbology has been largely eclipsed by acupuncture.

Unlike common nutritional factors such as vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies help revitalize the organ system because they contain substances such as flavonoids, polysaccharides, glycosides, terpenes, alkaloids and resins which can either gently stimulate or calm.

Herbal therapy has been proven to help reverse health problems that result from emotional stress, chemical exposure, lack of balanced exercise and poor dietary habits. Research by scientists in Japan, China and the United States indicates that herbs improve immune system functioning and have antiviral, antifungal, and anti-tumor effects.

At Princeton Acupuncture you will benefit from herbal treatments,as well as acupuncture. Unlike western herbs, Chinese herbs are generally used in synergistic combinations. These formulas, which may include as many as 20 herbs, may be taken in various forms. The most convenient form involves placing concentrated herbal powders into capsules. You may choose to add your specially blended herbs to hot water and drink them as a tea, if you’d prefer.

At Princeton Acupuncture, we use the highest quality herbs made from the root, twigs, bark, leaves, flowers, and fruits of nontoxic plants, then made into concentrated powders in Taiwan under carefully controlled pharmaceutical grade conditions. Your herbal formulas are custom mixed during your visit.

Depending what’s being treated, you may be asked to take herbs 2 or 3 times per day. Acute conditions, such as the common cold, may require more frequent doses per day. You may need to take herbs for at least 12 weeks to significantly change a deep-seated condition. Other long-term chronic conditions may require ongoing herbal therapy to keep them in check.