Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced on multiple continents, for thousands of years. This system incorporates various
ingredients from all parts of plants: the leaf, stem, flower, root, and sometimes ingredients from certain animals and minerals.
Chinese herbal formulas come in the following forms:
- Traditional Herb Tea: loose herbs are cooked down into a potent tea– Most traditional method
- Granular Powder: a pre-cooked and compounded powder which is mixed with hot water to form a tea– Easiest to customize and great for travel
- Patent Formulas: herbs are pre-mixed and compounded into pill form– Easy to travel with but not customizable
- Tinctures: herbal concentrates which are pre-mixed with alcohol or glycerin and dosed in drop-by-drop form– Great for individual herb doses and for children
Externally, Chinese herbal formulas can be applied topically in the form of liniments, plasters, and herbal compresses to effectively relieve pain.
How does it work?
Each individual herb has a taste, temperature and nature which each affect specific areas of the body. When single herbs are combined to create a formula, they are very effective in treating not only symptoms, but also the underlying cause of the problem. Since symptoms may vary from person to person, herbal formulas are customized to each individual. When conditions improve, herbal formulas are adjusted accordingly until any lingering symptoms have been resolved.