Herbal medicine is a very safe and effective way to treat a wide range of physical and psychological complaints. It has been used reliably for thousands of years, and its effectiveness is backed by documented clinical case studies and modern scientific research. It can be used in conjunction with other modalities to create an enhanced, synergistic healing effect. Herbal medicine can be dispensed as tablets, capsules, prepared herb granules that you mix with hot water, or a pre-cooked liquid tea, packaged in individual servings. Read More
Chinese herbs are usually combined into comprehensive formulas containing about 12-14 different herbs. The formulas are designed to deliver a chemical signal to the body, which not only treats symptoms, but also helps to resolve the root cause of disease, improve the function of the internal organs, and restore balance to the entire body. The reason herbs are generally not taken as individual substances is because, in a formula, the herbs work together, each one responsible for a different function, to treat the whole body. For example, think of this in terms of an herbal formula being like a soup. You cannot determine which single ingredient makes the soup tasty and nutritious. It is the combination of many ingredients, cooked together in one pot, that makes the soup more nourishing and taste good. Just as one needs a balanced diet containing different foods, herbal formulas are simply more powerful and effective than any single herb taken on its own.
Chinese herbal medicine can have powerful effects. It is a complex art that requires years of study and training. While herbs are considered ‘natural medicine’, they can cause adverse effects if incorrectly administered. For this reason, it is very important that a qualified and licensed practitioner in Chinese medicine prescribe your herbs for you. This way, a safe and effective formula, which addresses your particular, unique condition and body type can be provided. Do not try to self-prescribe herbal formulas or rely on the advice of a well-meaning friend or store clerk.
Frequently Asked Questions
The warning labels you may have seen on some herbal products refer to Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). This act aims to make businesses responsible for the chemicals they put into the environment and to warn the public of exposure to any potentially harmful compounds. Warning labels may by found on various products and posted at some buildings, however, there are many problems with how the law was written and is enforced.
All of the herbs prescribed by Dr. Bulloch have gone through comprehensive and rigorous testing for purity. If you are concerned at all because you have seen Proposition 65 warning labels on some herbal products, there is a comprehensive article on this topic in the article section that discusses the many issues with this law and the inaccurate message that these labels may convey to the public. Click here to access the full article.
Most herbs that are indigenous to one region cannot be properly grown in another. Herbal products prescribed by Dr. Bulloch are sourced from their indigenous soils to guarantee quality and correct species, and when possible, they are collected from the wild or grown organically. Herbs are shipped directly from growers to state-of-the-art, high-tech processing facilities.
Modern equipment ensures stable and uniform quality and can eliminate the need for chemical preservatives. Each batch is individually tested both in the processing plants and by third party labs to ensure potency and purity. All products prescribed by Dr. Bulloch comply with International GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards, comply with new and very stringent Chinese GMP, and have been certified by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
The Australian standards are considered to be the most stringent in the world, exceeding standards set in the US. In Australia, herbal supplements are subject to the same guidelines and manufacturing standards as Western pharmaceuticals. They are not classified as foods as they are in America. Rather, they are classified as drugs. In fact, the companies that supply Dr. Bulloch actually set their own standards that are significantly higher than those set by the US Pharmacopoeia or Australian TGA.
While cheap, substandard products can definitely be found in a variety of places in the U.S., you can be sure that any herbal product prescribed by Dr. Bulloch is of the highest quality and is probably more pure and safer than the food and medications that many people consume on a daily basis.
Whatever your needs, all of your treatment options will be discussed during your consultation.
- Prepared herbal granules: Using the latest in technology and manufacturing procedures, modern herbal companies create concentrated powders by cooking the herbs for the optimal time, using the correct ratio of liquid to herb matter, and then mist drying the liquid into a water soluble powder. Using highly controlled and sophisticated methods, all essential oils and active ingredients can be retained. Each herb is put into a little individual packet containing the correct daily dosage of that particular herb. The medical practitioner can then write a custom prescription for the patient and put each herb into a bag that will be used as one day’s supply for the patient. All the patient has to do is cut open each little envelope containing the herbs and mix them all into hot water to create a tea. The tea now contains all the necessary herbs for the specific needs of the patient, and they are in the correct dosage amount.
- An herbal decoction: Is produced by boiling raw herbs in water for about an hour. Preparation at home can be messy and time consuming, so for a small extra charge, formulas can be cooked and packed in single serve pouches. All the patient needs to do is cut open one packet and pour the liquid into a cup. This form of preparation can also be useful when more complex formulas or higher than normal dosages of certain herbs are needed to treat more serious conditions.
The body is a dynamic system that changes with age, stress levels and seasons. It needs constant maintenance to stave off illness and disease and perform at its optimal level. Just as you wouldn’t water and fertilize a garden only once, it only makes sense that you should tend to the maintenance of your body on a regular basis for the full course of your life.