In general, the answer is no. Practitioners should take into account the medications that you are currently taking and devise treatments that will not interfere. This is especially true when prescribing herbal formulas or when patients are taking medications that affect blood coagulation such as heparin. It is possible that as a result of treatment by Chinese medicine, medication may need to be adjusted. Many patients report changes in their lab values and a need to reduce medications that they are taking after receiving treatment from a Chinese medical practitioner.
Patients should always consult their physician when adjusting the dosage of medications or when considering whether to continue taking pharmaceuticals.
There are two main categories of herbs that require consideration. The first are herbs that have inherent toxicity. The second are herbs that have toxicity through poor agricultural practices such as pesticides or heavy metal infiltration due to improper processing. Some herbs (like western pharmaceuticals) have a natural toxicity. Some herbs can be toxic if prepared incorrectly or if combined with the wrong substances. We use herbs that have been held to the strictest import standards.
The herbs which we purchase and recommend are obtained from companies that do rigorous testing on all organic matter they sell to certify that they do not have toxicity issues. Our herbs are pharmaceutical grade and are held to higher standard than US vitamin and mineral supplements. Even though this may increase the cost, we feel it is important to use the highest quality medicines whenever possible to protect the health of our patients.
We do not directly bill to insurance providers but will gladly supply you with a "superbill" insurance receipt with all the proper codes so you can e-submit to your insurance provider.