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Dr. Sally Sherriff L.Ac., DAOM

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Healing in Santa Cruz, CA

Herbal Medicine

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On our planet earth, humans and herbal medicine have co-evolved.  Seeds, roots, flowers, leaves, bark, bones, shells, insects and animals have provided food and medicine since the beginning of time.

Whether from Hippocrate’s teachings or from historic inscriptions on stone, traditional wisdom is grounded in the understanding that food can be our medicine. The art and science of herbal medicine, handed down from generation to generation, has developed through gathering, compilation, formulation and testing. In Asia, ancient Daoist monks left detailed records of Elixirs supporting health and longevity. The earliest known writings are attributed to Shen Nung from 3494 B.C. 

Traditional Chinese medical theory, teaches us to treat both “the Root and the Branch.” The Root is the underlying cause of a disharmony and “the branches” are the resulting symptoms. Instead of treating a disease, each individual’s whole constitution and presenting health patterns are addressed to establish harmony in the body. Herbs and foods are recommended based on their flavor (bitter, sour, sweet, pungent and salty) and their energetic nature and functions (warming, cooling, tonifying, purging, calming or invigorating) which affect the systems of the body. Herbs are combined in a formula, to create a unique, synergistic balance, minimizing any side effects and increasing the benefits. 


Herbal Medicine can help with many different health conditions including but not limited to:

  • Digestive disorders
    • Bloating, indigestion, and pain
    • Food sensitivities
    • Heartburn and Reflux
    • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Allergies and Immune Disorders
    • Seasonal allergies
    • Vulnerability to common colds
    • Autoimmune disorders
    • Skin disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
    • Pain and inflammation
    • Arthritis
    • Injuries
  • Hormonal Disorders
    • PMS to menopause
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Energy and stamina
    • Weight gain
  • Cardiometabolic Disorders
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Issues with weight
    • Diabetes
  • Emotional Health Disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Sleep dysfunctions
    • Stress and fatigue

*Be sure to keep all of your healthcare practitioners informed of all drugs and herbs you’re taking.

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