Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture therapy often go hand- in-hand to effect thorough and long-lasting shifts in health. Care is taken in choosing herbs free of pesticides and metals and organically grown, when possible. The classical herbal tradition favors the synergy of herbs in combination and customizes formulas for each individual patient. Herbs are usually taken as a tea or in granular form. Patented formulas, tea pills and tinctures are available if preferred.