Dr Michel Gehin  
D.O.M.    A.P.   L.M.T.

1217 White Street
Key West, FL 33040
    In China, herbal remedies are used as much as acupuncture to treat
    energy imbalances and illness. When considering the appropriate herbal
    remedy for a patient, practitioners of TCM apply medical theory-the
    Five Elements and Eight Guiding Principles-along with tongue and pulse
    Herbs have four basic qualities and properties:
    nature, taste, affinity and primary action.

    A herb's nature is often described as cooling or heating, however it can
    also be described as moistening, relaxing and energizing.
    For example, the herb peppermint has a cooling energy and is used to
    lower the metabolism or reduce gas and bloating.

    Herbs are categorized by the following five tastes:
    sour, bitter, sweet or blend, spicy and salty.
    For example, the herbs dandelion and goldenseal are bitter and used for
    their drying properties in treating upper respiratory conditions.

    This is the relation that a herb has on a particular organ network.

    Primary action:
    This is the effect of a particular herb, which can be described as dispel
    (move), astringe (restrain), purge (expel), or tonify (strengthen).

    In creating the herbal formula for a patient, the TCM practitioner
    considers the effect or outcome of the remedy, such as aiding digestion,
    clearing mucus, or strengthening the immune system. Applying the Eight
    Guiding Principles, they also consider the energy of the illness, such as
    hot/cold, damp/wind, or some mixture of the principles.
    The herbal remedy can be found in three ways:
                Tea decoction.
    Powder form solved in boiling water.
            In pill or tablet form.

    Herbal remedy can also be apply topically, as a poultice or as a herbal
    soak for acute/chronic injuries of joints pain and/ or lack of mobility

    Based on TCM medical theory described above for the herbal remedies.
    Also available are detoxification/cleansing and immune system program
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