FAQ’s

1. Are Chinese herbs safe?

When you buy from Alina Sepeda Herbal Medicine, you can be rest assured that you are buying the safest Chinese herbs on the market. We only buy from manufacturers that make and process herbs in rigorously controlled Good Manufacturing Practices certified facilities.  

2. Why should I take Chinese herbs instead of just taking over the counter or pharmaceutical medications?

Over the counter and pharmaceutical medications* are made from synthetic materials that have been made in a laboratory. Herbs on the other hand have been grown from the earth, selected based on good quality, and processed into a digestible form. You can think of them like very nutrient-dense superfoods and therefore, the body responds more favorably to them and with many less side effects.
*If you have been prescribed pharmaceutical medications by a physician, please consult your physician before taking any herbal product.

3. Why do I have to take so many teapills at each dose?

Chinese herbs come in several forms and teapills are the easiest to take and the most transportable of the different forms. With many formulas, the standard dose for a 150 lb. person is 8 pills 3 times per day. Teapills are dosed this way so that dosing can be altered easily for different weights without having to split pills. For example, many formulas are safe for children* to take so altering the dosage becomes very easy this way.
*Alina Sepeda Herbal Medicine strongly urges scheduling a phone consultation with us if a child or young person is in need of an herbal prescription.

4. Can anyone take Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs can have positive effects for many people, however, please take precautions if you have any of the following conditions:
– If you have a serious medical condition or any previous diagnoses, please consult with your treating physician.
– If you are taking pharmaceutical medications, please consult with your treating physician.
– If you have food allergies or sensitivities, please consult with your allergist and read about listed allergies for each formula on our website.
– If you are pregnant or nursing, please abstain from taking Chinese herbs.

5. Why do Chinese herbs take longer to work than regular medicines?

Chinese herbs are nutrient-dense superfoods processed into pills so that we may ingest them easily. Therefore, they are not like the pills of pharmaceutical medications that many people are used to taking that simply relieve the symptoms for a few hours but do nothing to actually address the underlying illness. Chinese herbs work over a longer period of time to actually strengthen the body and eradicate the underlying problem. Unless your herbal formula is for the common cold, it may take a few weeks to a month to see results. But be assured, the herbs are working to restore your body to its optimal health.

6. Why are Chinese herbs given in formulas instead of dispensed as single herbs?

Chinese herbs are rarely used individually. Instead, single herbs are combined into formulas to create synergistic effects and to balance each other out. When combined, they can achieve greater results than when used individually.

7. Do Chinese herbs have side effects?

Some herbal formulas may cause slight side effects. Before purchasing your formula(s), please click on the Instructions Tab and read about the Contraindications, Cautions, and Allergens for each herbal formula. If you are concerned about side effects, fill out our Online Consultation Form or schedule a Phone Consultation to receive an herbal formula prescription from a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.

8. Can herbs be taken during menstruation?

It is best to stop the use of herbs during menstruation unless the formula is specifically to help your menstruation.  

9. Can herbs be taken while pregnant or nursing?

We recommend that pregnant and nursing women abstain from taking all Chinese herbs due to the lack of research and clinical studies that have been conducted on these populations.

10. Can more than one herbal formula be taken at once?

You may have several conditions that you would like to address with Chinese herbs. In general, we recommend taking no more than 2 formulas at once. Since each formula is a combination of herbs, taking 3 or more formulas at once may cause adverse herb-to-herb interactions. A better approach is to focus on the main condition in the case of multiple concerns and to find the formula whose description best fits that main condition.

If you would like to take 2 formulas at once, be sure to read the ingredients in each formula to ensure there aren’t overlapping ingredients. It is not a good idea, however, to take 2 formulas for the same condition. Always listen to your body and discontinue use if taking 2 formulas at once is causing any discomfort.

11. What is the appropriate dosage for each herbal formula?

When looking through the different formulas, be sure to read the Dosage instructions under the Instructions Tab. This may or may not be slightly different from what is printed on the bottle.

12. How do I pick a formula?

From the Homepage, find the Buy Herbs Tab at the top of the page. Match your condition with the herb category it fits into. Then read through all the formulas’ descriptions to see which formula matches your condition the best. Be sure to read the Instructions Tab to learn about the Contraindications, Cautions, and Allergens of each formula. Once you find the formula that works best for you, add it to your cart and checkout.

13. How should I take Chinese herbs?

If possible, it is best to take the herbs 30 minutes apart from meals whether you take them before or after food. However, the most important factor is to take the herbs, so if mealtime is the most convenient time for you to take them, then do so.

14. Can I take herbs with prescription medications?

Many people are able to take prescription medications while taking herbs, however, it is best to consult with your physician before starting any herbal formula. You may also fill out our Online Consultation Form or schedule a Phone Consultation with a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist to check for any contraindications with your medication.

15. Can I take herbs when I have a cold or the flu?

There are many formulas specifically for the common cold and the flu. These formulas are perfectly safe to take while you have a cold or the flu. If you are taking herbs for other conditions though, it is best to stop taking them until the cold or the flu has passed.

16. What else do I need to know about Chinese herbs?

Please see our page About Chinese Herbs.

17. Do I have to take Chinese herbs everyday?

Because Chinese herbs are not just temporarily easing symptoms and they are actually addressing the underlying issue that is causing your symptoms, they must be taken diligently to have an effect. In other words, to resolve your condition, they must be taken in the dosage as prescribed on this website. An occasionally missed dose is fine, but if the prescribed dosage is 8 pills 3 times per day, for example, then this dosage must be followed for the herbs to be effective.

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