Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances, such as herbs, to restore one’s balance by nourishing the body. Herbs are normally combined for synergistic effects and are prescribed by an experienced herbalist. All herbs used by Atlantic Integrative Medicine practitioners are from the highest quality sources and are monitored for impurities and contaminants. For most cases, pre-made combinations of herbs are used and in more complex cases, a formula is custom-designed for the patient. After assessing the patient through an interview, and pulse and tongue examination (traditional aspects of the Chinese Medicine assessment), a formula is prescribed for a few weeks to a month. The patient is monitored at appropriate intervals and formulae are changed accordingly.