The use of herbs is one of the 5 Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The word “herb” is a bit misleading as more than herbs are used in Chinese herbal formulas. Other substances include bark, flowers, seeds, spices, minerals, shells and fungi. At Sage we do not use any endangered animal products in our formulas. Please call or email for an herbal consultation or information.
Taking Chinese Herbs raw is the most effective and potent way to take herbs. In acute situations, raw herbs are the best form of treatment. However, raw herbs have a downside. Using raw preparations requires decocting the herbs for more than 2 hours a day for the length of your prescription & many people complain that the decocting process makes their house smell.
Due to the obvious issues with taking raw herbs, many people opt to take herbs in a granular or tablet form. Granules are raw herbs that have been decocted and ground down into a powder. They are nearly as potent as raw herbs but do not involve the preparatory work. You simply put the recommended dose in hot water & drink as a tea.
TABLETS & TINCTURES
Tablets & Tinctures are two of the easiest ways to take Chinese Herbs. The tablets are similar in size and shape to what you see in most vitamins & supplements. Their mild flavor can be ignored by plugging your nose when you ingest them. Tablets are not as potent as raw or granular herbs, therefore you have to take 4-12 tablets a day.
Tinctures are herbs that have been diluted in alcohol. They are also very easy to take. Most pediatric formulas are given in tincture form because the tincture can be diluted in water or juice. Both tablets & tinctures are an excellent option for long-time care.