Dr. Edward Lamadrid dispels common myths

Chinese herbs can be a natural and effective way to manage one’s health, whether they’re used to aid healing or reduce side effects that come with various cancer treatments or ailments. Just because they’re natural, though, does not mean that they can be taken on a whim. Dr. Edward Lamadrid dispels common myths about taking Chinese herbs.

“Just like prescription medications, if taken improperly, herbs can have unintended effects. Under the care of a professional, Chinese herbs can be highly effective and safe,” notes Lamadrid. Here are a few common misconceptions about herbs.

  • They don’t work. Herbs prescribed under the care of a professional can be highly effective at treating issues ranging from digestion and insomnia to acne and eczema. Chinese herbs have been proven to aid in reducing the side effects from chemotherapy as well and help in various ailments that one may have.
  • They’re just placebo. Despite the fact that the use of Chinese herbs has proven results, even if it is the placebo effect kicking in, who cares? The body’s most powerful healing organ is the brain, and it is estimated that the placebo effect works 30 percent of the time.
  • You don’t know what you’re getting. If you pick up a random bottle at the grocery store, this may be true. However, under a trained clinician’s control, they can ensure that you are not only receiving the proper herbs, but they will be able to direct you to a company who sources herbs responsibly.
  • They have no side effects. Almost everything you ingest can have side effects. Just as you wouldn’t take a pill without knowing what it was, the same is true for herbs. For example, the herb ephedra was prescribed by acupuncturists for the treatment of the common cold and upper respiratory conditions. Due to the fact that patients tended to lose water weight as a result, the herb made its way into various diet drugs. Though the use of ephedra for a short period of time to help treat a cold is safe, long-term use for weight loss is dangerous and can lead to loss of vital nutrients and heart problems, among other issues.

About Dr. Edward Lamadrid

Dr. Edward Lamadrid has been a massage therapist for the last 25 years. In that time, he has developed massage curriculum in both New York City and Chicago, Illinois, and is a senior massage instructor. He is the co-author of a continuing education program known as Fascial Therapy. Lamadrid is also a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine (DAOM) and the founder of Integrative Health Studio in downtown Chicago. Lamadrid is a pioneer who has devoted over three decades to studying all forms of complementary and alternative medicine. He is one of approximately 100 DAOMs in the country. His practice is located in downtown Chicago. He is also the campus director and professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.