There is never one answer for every problem. Oriental Medicine is based on the foundation of this philosophy. What will work for one person might not work for the next person. A person’s underlying condition must be taken into account in the treatment of his or her problem. One important thing to take into account when you are considering Chinese herbal medicine is to ensure that the practitioner who is providing you with the treatment is certified and licensed to provide it. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provides a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology for this purpose.
With all of the attention that herbal medicine is receiving these days, the impression is given that if you hear that an herb is good for a certain problem then it must be good for everyone for that problem! THIS IS NOT TRUE! A single herb is almost never prescribed for any patient within the scope of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Formulas must always be delicately composed to protect the patient’s constitution against the possible unwanted effects of the herbs he or she needs to take. This is the way side effects are avoided and higher results are achieved.