Chinese herbal substances come from a variety of sources.

Although dried plants in powder form provide the primary ingredients, minerals and animal products may also be used to provide nutrition and restore the body to its natural healthy state. In Chinese medicine, herbs are chosen for treatment according to their “flavor,” which determines what actions the herbs will create inside the body. Because Chinese herbs are used whole and are not chemically extracted or isolated, there is less chance of their having negative side effects.

Ingesting herbs regularly can be an effective way to promote healing for certain types of symptoms. Popular formulas are for treatment of women’s issues; colds, sore throats, and cough; and childhood ailments.

Herbal remedies: $30–$50 ($7 a day) per bottle; up to a half-hour herbology consultation: $45