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The Chinese pharmacopoeia lists more than 6,000 different medicinal
substances – mostly herbs, but also other food items and even some non-food
items - in terms of their properties and the disharmonies that they can address.
Of these about 600 are in common use.
Herbs are classified in two major dimensions:
temperature characteristics: hot (re), warm (wen), cold (han), neutral (ping) and
taste property: sour (suan), bitter (ku), sweet (gan), spicy (xin), and salty (xian).
Herbs do not have one property, combinations of temperature and taste give
a herb its properties that can influence the yin and yang energy patterns of
Because Doctors use a holistic approach to treatment using herbs, they rarely
prescribe a single herb to treat a condition and they create formulae instead.
A formula usually contains at least four to twenty or more herbs.
Decoction – boiling for 20-30 minutes in water – is the traditional method of
preparing herbal medicine.
Herbs have a multitude of medical application, too many to list.