Though Chinese herbal medicine generally works slower than conventional Western medicine, there are fast acting herbs/formulas that deliver relief within hours. Examples are teas prescribed for treating acute cold, flu, stomach pain etc.
For more complex conditions, especially those chronic ones developed over many years, at least 3 to 4 weeks of medicine taking is needed before noticeable changes occur. Reason being more organs or body systems are involved in chronic disorders. Imagine the disease being ‘peeled away’ in stages during the treatment program. Herbal formulas for patients with chronic conditions need to be progressively adjusted to suit different stages of the recovery process. When the healing momentums of all involved organs are in tandem with each other, patients start feeling heaps better.