Chinese herbal medicine, along with acupuncture, is part of an integrated system of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Chinese herbal medicine is a natural and gentle way to enhance the body's innate ability to cope with stress and heal from injury and illness. Herbal prescriptions are individualized, formulated to provide relief from symptoms while addressing the underlying imbalances that may be causing them. Chinese herbal medicine can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture. It can also safely complement Western medical treatments and reduce its side effects.