Chinese Herbal Medicine is a 3,000+ year-old practice, which utilizes about 365 different materials. The Materia Medica text, which translates to "healing materials", details how plants have been used therapeutically throughout the ages. This book is used by herbalists to determine the categories, properties, functions, and contraindications of individual herbs. The herbs are combined in individualized formulas to work synergistically and bring balance to disharmonies in the body and spirit.
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Herbs are plant materials (such as roots, stems, bark, leaves, flowers, or seeds) minerals, shells, or animal materials (such as antlers or insect moltings).
In traditional herbal formulas, herbs are taken in a decoction, meaning they are boiled, steeped, and taken as a hot tea. Herbs now come in various forms such as:
Granules or herbal extract powders: added to hot water to make tea
Teapills, capsules or tablets: taken orally as pills
Tinctures: herbs are extracted and concentrated; children's formulas are often made into tinctures
Topical lineaments: herbs are made into a poultice, patch or ointment and applied topically for musculoskeletal or skin concerns
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