Hello and Welcome to My Herb Shop!
My name is Morteza Aleali. I am the proud owner of this natural herbal pharmacy. I practice Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I am a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and an herbalist. I earned my Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine in 1994 from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland, Oregon. I had the unique opportunity of working with Dr. Wei Tak Cheung, who was one of the pioneers of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the state of Oregon. Working with him gave me a totally new outlook on life, health and healthy living. I try to incorporate his philosophy in my work as much as I can.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
The Chinese have researched the use of herbs to promote health more than any other culture in the world with a health system perfected over 3000 years. This system is called Traditional Chinese Medicine. The ancient Taoists believed that, in order to achieve longevity and personal fulfillment, one needs to live in harmony with the nature. They believed that the human body is a microcosm of the natural world around us. Therefore, the same forces that create and affect the cycles of nature also influence the human body and mind. TCM in general includes: Acupuncture, use of medicinal herbs, diet and nutrition, healthy lifestyle practices such as meditations, Qi gong and Tai qi that emphasizes balance in all aspects of life.
What conditions do you treat?
Please refer to our conditions page for more information.
Do you use herbs in your practice?
Yes. Herbal remedies are a major part of practice of TCM. Herbal medicine has been practiced by many cultures including the Chinese for thousands of years.
How do you prescribe herbs?
Herbal medicine is prescribed based on signs and symptoms of the patient. We stock over 400 medicinal herbs, many are certified organic. We prepare our own herbal blends right here at our herbal pharmacy. Herbal blends, for the most common conditions are premixed. The most common premixed herbal blends, in teas or powder form are: allergy (hay fever blend), asthma tea or powder, cold/cough blend, blood pressure powder and tea, digestive aid tea, essiac detox blend, gout blend, menstrual cramp blend, migraine blend, sinus congestion blend and urinary tract infection blend. For more chronic and serious conditions such as cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, infertility and other degenerative diseases, the blends are made based on the signs and symptoms of the patient after a consultation session with the patient.
How do herbal medicines work?
Herbal medicine has a long history of use by many cultures for thousands of years. Most herbal medicines work by enhancing, promoting and supporting the natural healing forces within the human body. Others have detoxing and cleansing action on the body, still many others have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Mixed in a blend they have a synergistic effect on the body.
How do the patients use the herbal blends?
Almost all herbal blends are brewed (cooked) for a certain period of time and the resulting tea is drank for a few days, or longer for more serious conditions?
Are herbal remedies safe?
Herbal medicines have been used by almost all human cultures for the past few thousand years and have proved their efficacy and safety in practical use.