Herbology


Chinese Herbal Medicine

A Brief History

Chinese herbology has been traced back even farther than acupuncture. Over the past 5,000 years the study of herbs (includes plant, animal and mineral products) have been gathered, compiled, formulated and tested. This information was then handed down to the next generation. Today the herbologists that study Chinese Medicine still use this information to treat a variety of medical conditions.

The Chinese pharmacopeia is vast with over 1,800 individual herbs. Students learn over 400 of the most widely used herbs. These herbs are categorized according to their energetics (ie: temperature and taste), functions, the different channels/organs they go to and the disharmonies the herbs address. Individual herbs are compiled into a "formula" or "herbal tea" in accordance to the ailments of the patients. It is through the construction of these formulas that enhances the effects and safety of the individual herbs.

Herbal Formulas

Strength in structure

King:
Strongest effect and works directly against the main symptom/disease.

Minister:
Aids the King in treating the main syndrome/disease and is the main ingredient aimed against a secondary syndrome/disease

Assistant:
Helps the King and Minister in addressing the main syndrome/disease, influences the less important factors of the main pattern and corrects any side effects that the King and Minister might have.

Envoy:
Guides the functions of the other herbs to a specific region of the body or organ and harmonizes the actions of all the other herbs.