Chinese herbal medicine. Syrups which are soothing preparations for coughs and sore throat are also a convenient way to administer herbal formulations to children. Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. Descriptions of herbal therapy occurin the earliest texts that discuss chinese medical practice.
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century bc. Zhongcheng yao is a kind of traditional chinese medicinethey are standardized herbal formulas. In tcm herbs are often combined.
Tcm along with ayurveda two of the oldest and. The chinese materia medica a pharmacological reference book used by tcm practitioners describes thousands of medicinal substancesprimarily plants but also some minerals and animal products. Chinese patent formulas are pre made herbal formulations in pill or tablet form and are perhaps the most widely used form of chinese herbal medicine outside of china.
Chinese patent medicine traditional chinese. Different parts of plants such as the leaves roots stems flowers and seeds are used.