Chinese herbs can act both as a complement to acupuncture treatments and as a primary form of therapy. Chinese herbs can help change unhealthy balances and patterns, resulting in decreased symptoms, increased energy, improved digestion, improved sleep and/or regulated menstrual cycle. The Chinese pharmacopoeia lists over 6,000 different medicinal substances, 600 of which are in common use today. As the oldest practiced system of herbal medicine in the world, the healing properties of these medicinal substances have been studied and utilized extensively. Anywhere from 2 ~ 40 medicinal substances are combined in a formula to facilitate the unique therapeutic goals of each patient.