About Chinese Herbs

Why Take Herbs?

Taking Chinese herbs is like receiving medical treatment daily. This allows us to help you in the weeks between your appointments, and make a more affordable and tangible difference for your health.

By taking an herbal tea twice a day, you should notice improvement across a broad spectrum of health. While we do expect tangible results in the symptom you have sought treatment for, this does not mean you should feel miraculously better overnight. If seeking treatment for skin problems for example, taking an herbal formula should affect improvement in sleep, digestion, and energy as well. That is to say, we are not actually zoning in on skin problems, but rather, we are addressing the whole patient and all the systems. Thus, as the entire system returns to health, skin problems will improve. It is a process, but it is an elegant process that does not damage the body while myopically focusing on one symptom.

How Long Should I Expect To Take Herbs?

Emergency conditions often see remarkable results quite quickly, while chronic disease may take months to resolve. If you have questions about how we can help you, we are happy to schedule a consultation to speak about your specific concerns.


We are the largest Chinese raw herb pharmacy in the Southeast with 250+ herbs.

If you haven’t visited our pharmacy, stop in to see what an authentic Chinese herbal dispensary looks like. After spending 3 decades in China, the Chief Practitioners of The Alternative Clinic aimed to create an authentic pharmacy for their practice as well as a valuable resource for the Asheville community.  Greatly concerned about herbal safety and quality, The Alternative Clinic only sources from NuHerbs, a GMP company on the cutting edge of organic and lab tested herbs & supplements. For more information on herbal safety, read about our supplier by clicking their logo below.

For a complete list of the organic and lab tested herbs currently in stock at The Alternative Clinic pharmacy click here.

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* Please note, we typically stock 5 pounds of each herb in the pharmacy however, seasonal changes and availability is subject to change.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00