Herbal Tonics (in eastern countries, such as China, Japan, called Herbal Medicine) can be used either on its own or in combination with acupuncture. The use of plants and herbs to treat illness has developed over thousands of years in China, where its evolution and practice have been carefully recorded. Every part of a plant may be used - roots, stalks, leaves, flowers and seeds. Herbal medicines may be for either internal or external use and come in the form of loose herbs for infusions, pills, capsules, lotions, plasters etc. Each herbal prescription is tailored to the individual. Side effects are generally minimal, but the healing effects can be very powerful.