Oriental herbal medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with a rich tradition that dates back to the 3rd century BC. Throughout its history, it has continued to evolve in response to changing clinical conditions, and its clinical effectiveness has been verified by the broader research community. Oriental herbal medicine is now widely applied in conjunction with modern medical diagnostic techniques. At New York PAPA Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, our Long Island herbal medicine doctors employ a variety of methods along with herbal treatments to enhance the effectiveness of your treatment and restore balance to your body.
What makes our clinic unique?
We believe in a holistic, integrative approach to health
We have an in-clinic herbal dispensary stocked with quality herbs (pictured below)
We accept most insurance plans and offer sliding scales for non-insurance patients
We strategically design personalized treatments to restore your body’s overall health
Herbal Medicine & Pharmacology
Research has shown that certain plants and herbs have a wide variety of pharmaceutical uses and effects, safely treating a wide range of conditions.
Benefits of herbal medicine:
Herbal medicine, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, is much safer and has less harmful side effects.
Herbs are usually prescribed in combination with the various components balancing each other out through a unique synergy that increases efficacy.
Herbal medicine seeks to correct internal imbalances rather than isolated symptoms, thus encouraging self-healing for the entire body.
What Can Oriental Herbal Medicine Treat?
Oriental medicine can be used to treat a wide range of conditions using a combination of herbal therapy, dietary therapy, acupuncture, and exercises in breathing and movement (such as tai chi and qi gong). In oriental medicine, optimal health is more than the absence of disease. It is about having a balanced lifestyle. Oriental medicine has the unique capacity to maintain and enhance a patient’s overall well-being and happiness.
We believe that Oriental Herbal Medicine has a role to play in the treatment of the following conditions:
Chronic fatigue syndromes, including history of viral infection
Gastro-intestinal disorders, such as chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis
Gynecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility
Hepatitis and HIV
Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
Respiratory conditions, including chronic coughs, asthma, bronchitis, allergic and perennial rhinitis, and sinusitis
Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
Neuromuscular disorders, including stroke rehabilitation and pain management
Skin disease, including eczema, acne, psoriasis, urticarial, rosacea
Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis
Our Code of Ethics at New York PAPA Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine requires that herbal practitioners be aware of the necessity to communicate with a patient’s other healthcare professionals, either directly or indirectly, when the expertise of such professionals can better fit the needs of a particular patient. If we believe that your condition is better suited for medical supervision or advice, we will always advise patients to seek treatment from their physicians.
What are Herbs Like and How much do they Cost?
Herbs can be consumed in a variety of ways. Traditional methods require boiling a mixture of dried herbs to make a tea or as a pill. Herbs are also available in the form of freeze dried powders or tinctures. At first, the herbs may taste bitter, but many people adjust to the taste very quickly. Prices for herbs will vary depending on the individual practitioner and the cost of each herb in a prescription.
Herbs Are Completely Safe! When prescribed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, herbs are completely safe. Adverse reactions can occur if you are taking other types of drugs, so it is important that you seek the advice of a professional first.