I think this is really interesting. Cleveland Clinic has opened a Chinese herbal-therapy ward. In the US, we’re very much a medicated society. There’s a pill for almost every ailment you have and some you didn’t even know you had. Even admitting that Western medicine might not have all the answers is a big step forward especially for such as prestigious hospital such as Cleveland Clinic.
So, what are they doing? According to what I’ve read, they see patients with chronic pain, fatigue, poor digestion, infertility, and sleep disorders. The clinic is run by a certified herbalist under the supervision of several classically trained physicians. Access to the clinic is only on a referral basis, and according to Ohio law, the physician has to continue to oversee the patient’s treatment for a year after their referral.
The clinic is a single room with bright pillows, a tapestry, candles, and a cot.
Compared to China, the herbal formulas here are all encapsulated versus sent home with them to brew.
Of course, one of the worries is drug-herb interactions which requires them to coordinate care using an EMR and have people that have the right training and work with a clinic that can provide them with the right herbs and still meet their safety standards.
A consultation costs $100 which is typically not covered by insurance. Additionally, follow-ups are $60 and a one-month supply of herbs will cost $100 (on average).
Here’s more on their clinic: