Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs can be a great way to enhance an acupuncture treatment. It is also a great choice when acupuncture is not an option for the patient. Generally speaking most patients fall into either a category where their condition tends to be one of excess or deficiency.

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General Information

Simply put, in cases where there is more excess usually acupuncture alone is enough to move the energy to resolve the issue. However, in cases where a patient’s underlying issue is one of a deficiency it is important to supplement the body as well. Two major ways we can do this is with specific dietary recommendations and traditional Chinese herbal formulas.

Christina is trained to use Chinese herbal formulas that have been used for thousands of years that will specifically work to rectify the imbalance found according to a traditional Chinese medical diagnosis.

Chinese Herb Examples:

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Yin Chiao
Shu Gan
Gan Mao Ling
Pill Culling
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For convenience most herbs today come in pill or capsule form. However, in some cases it may be necessary to specifically tailor the herbal formula in a way that is designed only for you. In this case the Chinese herbs may be ordered in granular or liquid form that you may drink as a tea.

Most Chinese herbal formulas should be taken for several weeks and may need to be adjusted as the condition improves or changes.

Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Birch Hill Natural Medicine in Locust Valley, NY is the best place on Long Island for Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care, Chinese Herbs, Ayurveda, Massage, Yoga, Nutrition & Wellness Consultations. Dr. Charles Ventresca, D.C., LAc. and his long time staff have moved to this new location and transformed the practice into a Wellness Center where many different types of healing modalities are now offered. Joined by Christina Newman, LAc., Carol Valderrama, LMT, Jill Talvé and Janice Ventresca, CYI, Dr. Ventresca is pleased to welcome you to our new office!

Chiropractic Care at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Dr. Ventresca is the best chiropractor in the Tri State Region. In fact, some of his patients travel from as far away as Connecticut to see him. He has treated patients for over 30 years blending his knowledge of Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Overall Lifestyle Wellness to give his patients the best care possible.

Acupuncture at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Both Dr. Charles Ventresca & Christina Newman are accomplished and extremely knowledgeable Acupuncturists. Their understanding of causal relations between different systems in the body is immense and aides in their ability to provide the best Acupuncture on Long Island. Recently they were actually voted as Best Acupuncturists on Long Island!

Chinese Herbs at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

The use of Chinese Herbs goes back nearly 6,000 years to Ancient China when the healing properties of plants began to be used systematically to treat a variety of ailments concerning human health and well being. Dr. Chuck and Christina Newman are both studied herbalists and are certified and qualified to diagnose and treat many different conditions using Chinese Herbs. Gan Mao Ling, Yin Chiao, Relax Extract, Bi Yan Pian, Pe Min Kan Wan, Six Flavor, Liver Detox, Pill Culing, & more. Dr. Charles Ventresca & Christina Newman would be happy to speak to you regarding how Chinese Herbs can become part of your medicine chest and used at the first sign of illness. More complicated and customized combinations to treat specific ailments can also be blended especially for you! Visit our page on Chinese Medicine and feel free to reach out with questions!!

Massage Therapy at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Carol Valderrama is the BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST! A massage from Carol is a true treat! Carol stands at just 5’2″, but her mastery of the modalities she offers feels INCREDIBLE when you’re on her table. Carol also is certified in Cupping, Moxabustion and other topical healing modalities. Carol’s gentle energy and calm demeanor will leave you feeling relaxed and satisfied.

Yoga at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Janice Ventresca is offering Yoga Privates at Birch Hill Natural Medicine the same way you might have an acupuncture or chiropractic treatment. You get a private room where she guides your every move through asanas designed to challenge and open your body. Whether you’re a well-practiced Yogi or just a beginner, Janice will show you the moves to maintain your physical flexibility as well as open your mind to an attitude of grace and gratefulness.

Nutrition & Ayurveda at Birch Hill Natural Medicine

Our diets determine much of how we feel and how healthy we are on a day-to-day basis. So why not learn how to eat for your constitution? Jill is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and offers consultations, cleanses, Ayurvedic Massage, Nutrition Consultations, and more. Don’t know much about Ayurveda? You’re in the right place! Birch Hill Natural Medicine has the information you need.

Yin Chiao

Also Spelled Yin Ciao

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Contains: honeysuckle flower, forsythia fruit, Chinese mint leaf, phragmites rhizome, burdock seed, platycodon root, soy sprout, licorice root, schizonepeta aerial parts, and lophatherum leaf.

During the change of seasons, it is important to get plenty of rest and to use Chinese herbs at the first sign of coming down with a seasonal cold. Yin Chiao is one of the most relied-upon of all classic Chinese herbal formulas for staying off illness during changing seasons; especially the Fall → Winter and Winter → Spring change-overs. Yin Chiao has been shown to strengthen the immune system when the body’s defenses might be weakened.
Yin Chiao, developed during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), has been a staple of traditional herbalists and acupuncturists, and a household name in China, for hundreds of years. It is used for imbalances associated with seasonal changes and is one of the most valued of all classic Chinese herbal formulas.

Gan Mao Ling

Use in Early Stages of Cold/Sickness

Gan Mao Ling
Contains:Ilex asprella root, Evodia lepta herb, Chrysanthemum indicum flower, Vitex negundo herb, Isatis indigotica root, Lonicera japonica flower, Microcrystalline cellulose, Talcum, Magnesium stearate, Hypromellose

Gan Mao Ling can be used as a cold preventative alone or in combination with Yin Chiao at the yangming (early) stage of a cold or flu. It is also used alone or in combination with Zong Gan Ling for added relief of symptoms at the shaoyang (later) stages.
This product may be most helpful when a cold or flu is accompanied by a cough or sinus infection.

Suggested Uses are Gan Mao Ling on It’s Own -OR-

  • or combined with Yin Chiao at the onset of cold or flu
  • or combined with Zong Gan Ling for stronger relief of cold or flu symptoms
  • NOTE: Use when cough or sinus congestion is present at the onset of a cold or flu

**May be especially useful when cold begins in the nose. For colds beginning in the throat add Yin Chiao.**

Pill Culing

Pronounced Pill “Curing”

Pill Culling
Contains: Poria, Tuckahoe, Indian Bread, Sclerotium, Atractylodes Rhizome, Agastache, Patchouly, Dahurian Angelica Root, Pueraria Root, Kudzu, Medicated Leaven, Coix Seed, Job’s Tears, Germinated millet, Trichosanthes Root, Mentha, Chrysanthemum Flower, Red Citrus Peel

This is one of the most famous Chinese herbal remedies. It helps with any kind of stomach upset, whether it’s due to food poisoning, motion sickness, overeating, or hangover. An excellent remedy to keep around and to travel with!! Great for when your stomach becomes upset after eating an unfamiliar food in another country!
May also be used as a preventative for gastritis, stomach upset and motion sickness. Take before plane/boat trips, long periods in the car or before eating problematic foods.

Bi Yan Pian

For Sinuses!

Contains: Xanthium sibiricum fruit, Magnolia biondii flower, Forsythia suspensa fruit, Saposhnikovia divaricata root, Angelica dahurica root, Anemarrhena asphodeloides rhizome, Glycyrrhiza uralensis root, Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb, Chrysanthemum indicum flower, Schisandra chinensis fruit, Platycodon grandiflorum root.

Bi Yan Pian combines multiple Chinese herbs that act to provide relief for sinus-related conditions. It disperses wind and expels toxins to relieve inflammation. Moreover, it dissolves phlegm (especially thick, yellow discharge), clears discharge and thus opens the nasal passages.
This herbal combination is simply amazing in how effective and fast-acting it is. Combined with acupuncture and other Chinese herbal formulas such as Yin Chiao and Gan Mao Ling, Bi Yan Pian provides a powerful piece to the puzzle of overcoming seasonal illnesses and can provide significant relief due to sinus pressure and constant “stuffiness”.

Liu Wei

A.K.A. Liu Wei Di Huang Pian

image_Liu Wei
Contains:Radix Rehmanniae Preparata, Fructus Corni Officinalis, Cortex Moutan Radicis (Paeonia Suffruticosa), Rhizoma Dioscoreae Oppositae, Sclerotium Poriae Cocos, Rhizoma Alismatis Orientalis

Liu Wei Di Huang Pian (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, Liu Wei Di Huang Tang, YinVive™, Six Flavor Teapills, 六味地黄片) is among the most regarded ancient Chinese herbal formulas. Today, it is most widely used to nourish Yin of the Yin-Yang principles and is the foundation for many other Chinese medicines. In traditional Chinese medicine, Yin is the feminine and negative principle of Yin-Yang whereas Yang is the masculine and positive principle. A robust interaction and balance of Yin-Yang forms the basis of good health. A diminished Yin can be shown as sweat, low fever, dizziness, tinnitus, emission, soreness in the lower back etc. Yin weakness occurs with age, sexual activity, or chronic disease.

Shu Gan Wan

A.K.A. Soothe Liver

image_Shu Gan


Contains: Cyperus rotundus rhizome, Paeonia lactiflora root, Bupleurum chinense root, Citrus aurantium fruit-ripe, Citrus reticulata peel-immature, Citrus reticulata peel, Amomum villosum fruit, Magnolia officinalis bark, Corydalis yanhusuo rhizome, Paeonia suffruticosa root-bark, Citrus medica fruit, Glycyrrhiza uralensis root, Aucklandia lappa root, Curcuma wenyujin root, Citrus medica finger-fruit, Aquilaria agallocha wood, Amomum kravanh fruit, Santalum album wood, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum. – Xiang fu, Bai shao, Chai hu, Zhi ke, Qing pi, Chen pi, Sha ren, Hou po, Yan hu suo, Mu dan pi, Xiang yuan, Gan cao, Mu xiang, Pian jiang huang, Fo shou gan, Chen xiang, Bai dou kou, Tan xiang, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum.

Shu Gan Wan is primary for the treatment of the liver and the associated meridians. When “Qi” pathways are blocked, energy does not flow properly in your body and this causes stagnation.
Liver qi stagnation can cause an overacting stomach and spleen causing epigastric distension or pain, costal distension, indigestion, poor appetite, belching, nausea, hiccups, esophageal spasm, vomiting, ulcers and irritability. In addition Shu Gan Wan may be to used treat esophageal reflux, gastritis, duodenal ulcer, chronic pancreatitis, chronic hepatitis and gastrointestinal dysfunction.

Primary Traditional Functions

Dredges Liver Qi, Moves Liver Blood, Cools Liver Heat, Harmonizes the Liver and Stomach, Counters Ascent of Stomach Qi, Eliminates Food Stagnation, Relieves Pain