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Chinese Herbal Therapy:

         Laura Mignosa, NCCH, AADP
Nationally Certified Chinese Herbalist.
Director of Ct. Institute for Herbal Studies

Laura is a Nationally Certified Chinese Herbologist who founded the CT Institute for 
Herbal Studies in 1992. Chinese Medicine is her passion and life-long study. The 
wealth of knowledge she receives both in China and the United States yearly enables 
her to share this affordable, safe and effective medicine with all who seek it. 
Laura works with her patients to achieve their goals for health, based on Chinese herbs 
and intention for change. Each person moves forward toward that change, step by step,
 in a supportive and comfortable environment without judgment.  She is a national lecturer 
on Chinese Herbology, past Education co-chair of the Greater Hartford Holistic Health 
Association & was the founding Vice President of the Ct Herb Assoc. In addition to her 
work at the school, Laura finds time to teach at area universities, promote wellness at 
local hospitals and  is involved in a clinical study using Chinese Herbs for menopause 
as well as formulating herbs for Pets. .                                                                         

Appointments for Care are made through the school for either her office in 
Wethersfield or at Grant Chiropractic Health Center in Southington.
(860) 666-5064 

Connecticut Institute for Herbal Studies is a school founded in 1992 dedicated to the
 study of Chinese medicine. .  Demand for natural medicine grew, so CIHS moved to 
Newington in 1995 and expanded its offerings to include certification in Western, as
 well as Chinese Herbology.  Certificate programs in Aromatherapy and Bach Flower
 Essence were also introduced.  Today, CIHS stands for concise information taught 
in a clinical setting with an emphasis on quality study.  Semi-annual catalogs of 
offerings are available by calling or e-mailing the school at: 1-860-666-5064 or email

Frequently Asked Questions About TCM are listed below. 
Please do not hesitate to call if you have any further questions

What is Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Developed over 5,000 years ago traditional Chinese Medicine is based on
 restoring and maintaining balance and harmony, both internally and externally.  
 Natural herbal formulas are specifically designed to correct imbalanced properties
within the body, thus aiding in the treatment of disease.

Why Use Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese herbal therapy offers an ancient, natural method of addressing 
modern health problems by taking the whole body into consideration, not just the symptoms.

Does it work?

Yes!  Modern drugs you may already use are derived from raw herb formulas from 
China.  Clinical studies utilizing traditional Chinese herbal formulas indicate that stubborn 
conditions, which fail to respond to modern pharmaceutical treatments, often respond 
extremely well to herbal therapy.

For Which Conditions Does Chinese Herbal Therapy Work Best?

Chinese herbs are often used for treating hormonal imbalances and chronic disharmonies.  
Chinese herbal therapy can be applied to weak digestion, estrogen deficiencies, cysts 
and tumors, chronic sinus infections, as well as arthritis and emotional disorders.  The 
effects of herbs may be seen after several days of regular use, rather than immediately.  
Once the effects are achieved, they generally last for a long period of time.  The combination 
of acupuncture and Oriental body work with Chinese herbs usually provides the most dramatic results.

Can Drugs and/or Dietary Supplements be Combined  with Chinese Herbal Therapy?

Chinese herbs may make it possible to take lower dosages of modern medicines, to reduce their 
side effects, and obtain better, more comprehensive results.   While modern medicines can offer 
acute, immediate treatments, Chinese herbs can strengthen long-term benefits, naturally.  Chinese 
herbal therapy has been successfully used in conjunction with dietary supplements.

Are There Side Effects from Taking Chinese Herbs?

Chinese herbs are well known for their lack of side effects when administered by 
knowledgeable practitioners.  Occasionally, mild adverse reactions occur.  Adjusting a 
formula to balance the specific needs of an individual will, usually alleviate these 
reactions such as dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, rash or nervousness.

Why Are Side Effects Few?

The intention of Chinese herbal therapy is to affect the whole body.   An herbal formula is 
carefully composed and rarely has side effects because its influences on different parts of 
the body are balanced by other herbs.  Thus, each part of the body receives the desired type of effect.

Connecticut School of Herbal Studies
900 Wells Road
Wethersfield, CT

(860) 666-5064 
or email




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