Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine in TCM describes formulae, which are made from the roots, stems, bark, leaves, seeds or flowers of many plants, as well as some mineral and animal parts.
The herbs are usually decocted into a soup. Some come in a ready-prepared pill or powder, called 'patent' herbal remedies.
The herbal medicine is usually taken in the form of a recipe (called a prescription) that the TCM practitioner prescribes and individualizes according to each patient’s TCM diagnosis.
Diet therapy and lifestyle modification involve the recommendation of a specific diet and lifestyle that will assist in optimizing the effect of the treatment.