Frequently Asked Questions

Herbal medicine-FAQAre Chinese herbs Safe?
At Awaken Wellness we use only GMP certified herbs, medicinals and supplements. GMP certification means that the site and methods employed in the production of herbs have been subject to a thorough quality control investigation and is certified to be in compliance. The GMP certification process covers all aspects of manufacturing, including inspection of the buildings and grounds, the air and water purification systems, the handling and processing of raw herbs, the product manufacturing process, the operation and cleaning of equipment, the training of personnel, and quality control testing and documentation. Adherence to guidelines established in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, formal Manufacturing Instructions, Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Control Protocols ensures that every batch of the GMP certified product is safe and of the highest quality. Some of our herbal supplies have gone above the US standard of GMP certification and have manufacturing partners that adhere to international GMP certification standards for the manufacturing of medicinal grade products. This necessitates a much higher standard of oversight, manufacturing, and quality control than can be attained by similar products produced in the U.S. These standards are the guidelines upon which manufacturers base each decision, and allow us at Awaken Wellness the confidence to say that the products we use are from companies manufacturing some of the best herbal product not only in China, but also in the world today.

What conditions can Chinese herbal medicine treat?
Chinese herbal medicine is a comprehensive form of medicine that can effectively treat a wide variety of conditions. It has been shown to treat acute and chronic conditions. It excels in treating conditions that Western medicine has difficulty treating. For example, gynecological problems, infertility, chronic conditions,

Some of the conditions that Chinese herbal medicine are known for treating are Respiratory conditions, such as colds and flu, chronic respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, emphysema, sinusitis and bronchitis. Many Chinese herbs have anti-viral properties allowing the practitioner to offer you an effective treatment when you have come down with a cold or flu.

Other conditions include: Emotional conditions, such as anxiety, depression and mood swings, gastrointestinal conditions, such as acute or chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastritis and ulcers, urogenital conditions, such as urinary tract infections, prostatitis and sexual dysfunction, and Gynecological conditions, such as irregular or painful menstruation, infertility, PMS and menopausal symptoms. Musculoskeletal and Neurological conditions, such as neuralgia, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain and Circulatory conditions, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia can also be treated with Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine is effective as a supportive therapy for other chronic, painful and debilitating disorders such as hepatitis and fibromyalgia.

What can I expect at my herbal consult?
In your first, one hour herbal consult, your practitioner will take a comprehensive health history and allow you to speak about your specific health concerns. Your practitioner will look at your tongue and take your pulse in order to form a Chinese medical diagnosis.

Your practitioner may choose to examine the information collected after your session thus you would not leave with an herbal formula on the same day as your consultation. An herbal prescription would be prepared for you to pick up within the week of your consultation.

Each follow up herbal session is half an hour. During this time your herbalist would again take your pulses and look at your tongue. The herbalist will also want feedback from you in regards to the improvement of you symptoms. If a refill of you prescription is needed the practitioner will provided that for you that day.

How are Chinese herbs taken?
Traditionally Chinese herbs were taken as a decoction, meaning that you would boil raw herbs and drink the liquid that remained after straining the herbs. At Awaken Wellness our primary form for custom formulation is a powder or granule based form of the herb. Patients have found that this it is an easier way to take Chinese herbal medicine. It is transportable and you don't have to cook any herbs. We also offer Chinese herbs in pill form, tinctures, and select raw herbs.

What is the benefit of taking Chinese herbs in a granule form?
By taking herbs in a granule form it allows the practitioner to customize the formula to your specific needs. Your practitioner can put in just what is necessary in just the right amounts. Taking herbs in this form is more potent than other mean of administration.

What do Chinese herbal granules taste like?
Chinese herbal granules tend to taste bitter because they are made mostly from roots and barks. This is where the strongest medicinal ingredients are found. With this said, some patients have reported having no aversion to the correct formulas taste and have even reported craving the particular taste. This is a sign that the herbs are working.

If you find that this form of administering Chinese herbs is not for you we do offer herbs in pill, and tincture form.

Are there side effects of Chinese herbal medicine?
No. If your formula has been chosen correctly then you should only experience healing results. The most commonly reported side effects are gastro-intestinal discomfort. If you experience this or any other discomfort while taking Chinese herbal medicine you should contact Awaken Wellness immediately so that your practitioner can modify your formula so that there are no side effects.

How long will it take before I see results?
If you are having an acute condition treated you may experience results in a matter of minutes. With chronic conditions some changes should be experienced in two weeks. With chronic conditions herbal formulas may be require for a long period of time, but shifts should be noticed by you and your practitioner.

Do you offer other supplements besides Chinese herbal medicine?
Yes. We carry supplements from Pure Encapsulations. Awaken Wellness has chosen to offer our patients Pure Encapsulations products because of their high standards of quality assurance and high quality nutritional supplements. Pure Encapsulation has a complete line of hypoallergenic nutritional supplements. Their products contain absolutely no hidden fillers, coatings, artificial colors or other excipients that would disrupt or diminish the bioavailability of the ingredients. Additionally, their products are always free of wheat, gluten, preservatives and hydrogenated oils. Pure Encapsulations is NSF-GMP registered in the U.S., GMP certified in Canada and exceeds the standards of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP).