Most herbal supplements may be taken by individuals who are also using prescription drugs, without problems. However, it is recommended that herbal extracts be taken on an empty stomach at least two hours apart from the prescription drugs.
Yes, children and elderly patients may take herbal extracts. In fact, they get excellent clinical results. The dosages, however, must be adjusted for each patient depending on age, body weight, specific illness and overall condition.
In general, we are more careful about the use of herbs during pregnancy. However, should the benefits of using herbs outweigh the risks, use of herbs may be initiated at a low levels with professional supervision. In addition, we specialize in the use of herbs during nursing. Herbs are secreted in breast milk and passed on to infants. Therefore, infants can be affected if the nursing mother is taking herbs.
Herbal supplements should be stored in cool, dry places away from sunlight and moisture. The UV radiation in sunlight may change the properties of the products. Storage of herbal extracts in a damp or humid environment, such as the kitchen or the bathroom, may lead to “caking” of the powder due to excess moisture.
Payments, in the form of Visa, MasterCard or cash, are expected at the time services are rendered. An increasing number of insurance providers, such as AIA and Great Eastern now cover all or part of the cost of acupuncture treatments, but they may have restrictions on the types of illnesses covered. Check with your insurance company to see what your policy offers.