Chinese Herbal Formulas are combinations of natural ingredients in very specific ratios to treat a set of symptoms. Today, just as its been done for thousands of years, a set of symptoms matched with other clinical observations lead to a diagnosis. From this diagnosis, medicinals are prescribed in the exact combinations dating back thousands of years.
Unlike the dominant medical system, it is rare that people take medicine forever. Generally, you only take a formula when symptoms are presenting or have a tendency to present. With the guidance of a skilled practitioner, formulas are applied and modified as a patient transitions to greater health. Once health is achieved, it is common practice to stop consuming medicine.
At Hakimi Medicine, I always use raw herbs, powders and pills that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified, sulfur free, and have been tested for DDT, Hexachlorabenzene, lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and other contaminants. I only source from the most reliable and local sources who are concerned about the future of this medicine.
Most Chinese Herbal Formulas are prescribed with dried ingredients to get boiled into a tea. Patients are given multiple bags to soak, brew, and drink over the course of a set period of time. This method is the most effective delivery but the most time consuming.
One bag can be used 2-3 times
Make sure you use clay, ceramic, or stainless steel to brew in
Always set a timer because its easy to forget
Generally consumed away from food
Rinse one bag of herbs using colander
Soak herbs in 6 cups of water for 20 minutes
Bring to boil and then simmer with lid off for about 30-40 minutes or until 3 cups remain
Drink a cup 3 times per day and warm the tea before drinking
Store used herbs inside fridge until reboiled.
You can boil a few days worth in a single day and store in the fridge. Don't store tea for more then 3 days.
Granulated powders are very similar to instant coffee. Chinese herbs and formulas have been processed and concentrated into granulated powder to be brewed by simply adding hot water. This medium has become the modern alternative to raw herb formulas and generally has very high patient compliance. Therefore, it is generally how I start my patients off.
3 grams of powder added to 1/2-1 cup of hot water
Mix until all contents dissolve
If contents remain following consumption, add more hot water and drink the remains
3 grams taken three times per day
Generally best taken away from food
Pills are used in modern practice. They are processed and concentrated to fit into tiny coated pills. They do not allow modification and therefore are the last resort in my clinic. However, there ease and portability cannot be matched.
8 pills taken three times per day
Alcohol liquid concentrates and tinctures are available in Chinese Medicine. These are manufactured by brewing herbs in water and then soaking in alcohol to extract the medicinal benefits. The scope of application of alcohol extracts is expanding due to their convenience.
3 pumps/droppers, 3-5 times per day
Take with some water to help absorption and reduce injury to tongue