The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds perhaps minerals or other natural ingredients are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders. Herbal prescriptions can be tailored to the individual to address most any known disease to help you restore your health and well being. Chinese herbal medicine works in tandem with acupuncture by providing the nourishing support for the energetic reprogramming efforts of acupuncture.