Herbs and Supplements
Herbs and supplements can be used in conjunction with western medications to treat a variety of medical and behavioral disorders. It is especially useful for patients with underlying liver or kidney diseases who cannot tolerate certain prescription drugs used commonly to treat pain and inflammation. The focus of herbal supplement use (and acupuncture) is to correct any underlying imbalances with the goal of achieving an overall state of “wellness.” Treatment can range from short term to long term, but overall we see minimal side effects with long term use. Use of herbs can allow us to decrease the dose of drugs with potentially more toxic side effects.