- How do I take the herbs? It is advised to shake the herb bottle each time before intake to ensure all ingredients are well mixed. Use the spoon we provided and serve with warm water on an empty stomach two or three times daily or as instructed on the bottle. If you experience an upset stomach, take the herbs after meals instead. Do NOT take herbs with coffee, juice, soda, or any other liquids as they may alter the effect of the herbs and possibly produce unwanted results.
- How long before I can see results? The duration of your treatment program varies. For acute conditions, a few bottles of herbs or a few office visits are usually sufficient. Chronic and more complex health issues may require a longer treatment program depending on the severity and your cooperation to make progress towards your healing.
- Are there any side effects? All herbal extracts are derived from nature. They do not contain harsh chemicals, alcohol or preservatives, and are gentle on your body. The herbal formulas are batch tested for safety against bacteria, fungus, and heavy metal. Nonetheless, sensitive patients may experience minor stomach discomfort. If such reactions occur, we suggest reducing the dosage or take the herbs with food.
- Can I take the herbal extracts with my prescription drugs? Most herbal extracts may be taken by individuals who are also using prescription drugs, without interactions. However, herbal extracts should be taken at least 1-2 hours from the time your prescription drugs were taken.
- Can children and elderly patients take herbal extracts? Yes, children and elderly patients take herbal extracts with excellent results. We adjust dosages depending on age, body weight, specific illness, and overall condition. Our clinic will provide instructions for your specific treatment.
- How should I store the herbal extracts? Herbal extracts should be stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and moisture. The UV radiation in sunlight may change the properties of the herbs. Storage of herbal extracts in a damp or humid environment, such as the kitchen or the bathroom, may lead to “caking” or clumping of the powder due to excess moisture.
- What does it mean when Dr. Chang says your blood is dirty, your lung is dirty or your brain is empty, or your body is like a volcano? Dr. Chang refers to high cholesterol or plaque built up in the vessels as blood being dirty. Lungs being dirty simply means you have inhaled polluted substances and they have remained in your lungs thus compromising your respiratory functions. Brain being empty is a term in Chinese that means there is not enough oxygen being pumped to the heart so symptoms you may be experiencing with this include dizziness, light-headedness and forgetfulness. Your body being like a volcano means there is excess heat or inflammation in your body. In such cases, you usually will feel hot and uncomfortable.
- What must I watch out for in my diet for my condition? A healthy diet and lifestyle is essential in restoring your health back to its optimal state. We recommend the following guidelines while taking the herbs:
Guidelines When Taking Herbs
- No sugar: Avoid any and all foods containing sugar such as cake, dessert, candy, chocolate, soda, sugar, canned juice, soft drinks, stevia, sugar substitutes, agave, xylitol, corn syrup, etc.) Sugar causes inflammation and contributes to the formation of phlegm, nodules, cysts, fibroids, or masses in your body.
- No raw or cold food/beverages : Avoid foods such as sashimi, sushi, salads, steak tartar, and seared meat. Eat all vegetables cooked and refrain from eating cold foods straight from the refrigerator or freezer.
- No dairy: Avoid milk, cream, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. Dairy products create dampness in the body and reducing dairy consumption will result in better results. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products should be avoided, especially if you are lactose intolerant.
Guideline for Specific Conditions
- If you have skin rashes or other skin conditions: Avoid seafood especially shellfish like crabs, oyster, scallops, clams, lobster, and shrimp. Also, avoid mangos, durian, goose, or duck.
- If you have allergies: Avoid all genetically modified foods (GMO) and opt for organic foods and non-GMO foods. Avoid the top five groups of foods that trigger allergic response until your symptoms are under control: 1. Milk/Dairy, 2. Eggs, 3. Soybean products, 4. Sugar, and 5. Nightshade plants (Examples: Potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, tomatillos, etc.)
- If you have bitter taste in the mouth, dry mouth, constipation or blood in your stool: Avoid cookies, roasted nuts, fried chicken, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, spicy foods, monosodium glutamate (MSG), fried foods, smoked foods, BBQ foods, and alcohol.
- If you have back pain: Avoid bamboo, bananas, and starfruit.
- If you have bloating: Avoid any foods made with beans, soy products, taro, chestnut, potatoes, corn, peanuts, and yams.
- If you have digestive issues:
- Chew your food completely, at least 30 times for each bite. The digestive system processes smaller pieces of food better than food that is incompletely chewed. Poorly chewed food can lead to bloating, incomplete digestion and absorption.
- Avoid ice and cold drinks. Drink warm or hot beverages. Also, all liquids, drinks, and soup are to be consumed 10 minutes before your meals or 2 hours after. Drinking while eating dilutes the stomach acid so food cannot be digested properly. Drinking cold water constricts and prevents blood flow to the stomach and worsens any digestive issues.
- If you have problems sleeping: Give your body 2-3 hours between the last meal of the day and bedtime. When you sleep, your digestive system slows down. Make sure you give your body adequate time to digest the food you eat before going to sleep. If you eat too late, you will find yourself having difficulty falling asleep or not sleeping well.
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