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How the clinic works, and all you need for your first visit.
Frequently asked questions, and our answers to them.
Who we are and why we do what we do.
We want to help everyone understand acupuncture better.
We also offer herbal remedies for all kinds of things.
Details on how to find us.
Resources for patients and organizations we support.

 

South Austin Community Acupuncture' is open 7 days a week

Our acupuncturists schedule

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Chinese herbal medicine

Herbs are and integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and are often prescribed along with acupuncture as part of treatment at South Austin Community Acupuncture. Relative to common pharmaceutical interventions, one of the main benefits of herbal medicine is the lack of side effects.

Chinese herbs are most often used in formulas which combine several herbs, unlike Western herbs which are more traditionally used singly. Many of these formulas have been used for literally hundreds of years, with many classical formulas dating as far back as 220AD. Chinese herbal prescribing is without doubt one of the most advanced systems of herbal prescribing on the planet.

Our Training as Herbalists

Extensive training, testing, and continuing education in Chinese herbology are required in order to have an acupuncture license in Texas. In fact, licensed acupuncturists are the only health profession in Texas required to have formal training in herbology as a core requirement of their training and licensing.

 

Our Herbal Dispensary

At South Austin Community Acupuncture we stock a wide range of Chinese herbal products:

Mostly we direct our patients to Chinese patent medicines, which means formulas in pill or tablet form, because for most people it's usually easier to deal with pills or tablets than it is herbal teas.

We also stock Taiwanese granulated herbal extracts, which are consumed most commonly by adding hot water to make an instant tea, as well as dried Chinese herbs which are most commonly decocted (a boiling process) to make a tea, for either internal or topical use. The main benefit to these formats is that we can customize a prescription, whereas the drawback for most people is taste. Additionally, in the case of cooking raw herbs, the time required for preparation is an issue for many.

Several factors go into our choice of how we deal with a problem herbally. First, of course, is the question of necessity. Are herbs even needed? Then we try to determine how we can get the most effect by doing the least. We want herbs to be do-able for the patient, and so we consider cost as well as issues of compliance - dosage, frequency, taste, etc.,

 

 

 

 

Chinese patent medicines

Taiwanese powdered herbs

Chinese herbal pharmacy