About herbal formulas
Chinese classic herbal formulas (simplified Chinese: 经方; traditional Chinese: 經方) are a form of Chinese herbology, where herbs are combined for greater efficiency, compared to individual herbs.
Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments. The Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders and Miscellaneous Illnesses was collated by Zhang Zhongjing, also sometime at the end of the Han dynasty, between 196 and 220 CE. Focusing on drug prescriptions, it was the first medical work to combine Yinyang and the Five Phases with drug therapy.
Typically, one batch of medicinals is prepared as a decoction of about 9 to 18 substances. Some of these are considered as main herbs, some as ancillary herbs; within the ancillary herbs, up to three categories can be distinguished. Some ingredients are added in order to cancel out toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients; on top of that, some medicinals require the use of other substances as catalysts.
- holistic treatment
- strategic emphasis
- less side effects
- some are foods
- general view