Is it Safe to Self-Prescribe Chinese Herbs or Purchase Them Online?
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Is it Safe to Self-Prescribe Chinese Herbs or Purchase Them Online?

In a word, well - in two words - probably not.  Acupuncturists go to school for a loooooooong time to learn the intricacies, indications, contraindications, and safety standards of Chinese herbs, Chinese herbal manufacturers and herb distributors.  So PLEASE check with an acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist before you purchase a formula on Amazon or even a drug store.  Your acupuncturist knows YOUR body, patterns, other medications you are taking, dietary sensitivities and other physiological nuances of your system.  From this information, they will be able to make a professional recommendation regarding an herbal formula that is right for you and right for EXACTLY the symptomology you are experiencing.  
 
I recently heard from a patient that they were trying to get a bulk discount on herbs that I had prescribed for their temporary use.  Thankfully, the distributor they spoke with advised them that they are only allowed to sell to practitioners.  
 
But this prompted me to do a search on Amazon for the product and to my dismay, I found a seller offering the herbs to the general public. Often, you cannot trust any of the specialized Chinese herbal products that are seen on Amazon. You don’t know where the seller is getting the products from, how they are being stored, if they are expired or if they are even legitimate. Buyer beware.
 
Granted, many multi-use formulas are sold in stores like Pharmaca or Vitamin Cottage or Whole Foods, and they are generally safe to use, but PLEASE ask an herbalist on staff for recommendations if you don't have an acupuncturist's referral.  You can really damage yourself through self-prescribing.  And in addition to hurting yourself, it casts a bad light on ALL alternative therapies.  It also invites the FDA to ban important medicinal substances and prevent public access to care.
 

Thank you for your questions and comments  

9 Comments to Is it Safe to Self-Prescribe Chinese Herbs or Purchase Them Online?:

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Abedin on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:44 AM
Monica, I think you are right with your answer. I have to follow your tips as mentioned above in detail. It is important to check with an acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist before you purchase a formula on Amazon or even a drug store. I hope people will learn a lot of things through the post. Now, dissertation buy online is easy. Thank you so much and have a good day!
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The trend of self-medication has been increasing with the passing time. The people often use the medicines with their own prescriptions. There is a confusion that whether the Chinese herbs will be useful or not for treatment purposes.
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