Herb & Tao is a Wellness Center including a community of wellness practitioners, a natural products apothecary, classes and more located in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. We, in collaboration with our affiliated practitioners, specialize in Traditional Chinese/East Asian Medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, reiki, massage therapy, and curating what we have found to be some of the most effective natural products for health and wellness!
Tao is generally translated as “the Way.” Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Jing sometime between 4-600 BC, a classical work that describes the way to live in order to be in harmony with nature – balance of yin and yang. Other ancient cultures also acknowledge these original instructions for living which promote health and wellness for both humans and the earth. The beliefs and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are based on the philosophy of Tao, known as Taoism. In TCM, we use natural practices (acupuncture, qi gong, heat therapies, etc.) and ingredients (herbs & foods) to facilitate the ideal situation for the body’s own healing abilities to prevail. These methods promote harmony by reconnecting us to the way we were intended to live.
Herb & Tao subscribes to the belief that most herbs are food you just haven’t met yet! Chinese medicine relies heavily on thousands of years of records of how foods called herbs affect the body and how those effects can be used medicinally. We are intrigued and excited and owe a debt of gratitude to the Tao for these herbs! We utilize many types of herbs from homeopathy energy medicine to ready made formulas to custom ordered formulas for patients. See our natural apothecary page for more information.