Chinese herbal medicine is slower in achieving noticeable effect, but gentler and less irritating to the digestive system making it suitable for long term use. The therapeutic emphasis of each herbal formula can be adjusted through manipulation of dosages and herb choices. When treating acute conditions, symptomatic relief outweighs rebalancing of disharmony in terms of therapeutic focus. Chronic conditions call for gentle formulas targeting the root of disharmony while offering certain degree of discomfort relief. Under no circumstances does Chinese herbal medicine compromises immunity and mask symptoms. Herbal formulas can be constantly modified to meet changing needs of the patient during a prolonged and difficult course of recovery.
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