One will see from the examples here the principle of using Chinese herbs according to symptoms and constitution. There are hundreds of tried and tested herbal formulas which are studied and prescribed according to individual requirements by Chinese herbalists. The Western methods of herbal prescribing are not as well developed in this scientific way as the Chinese. However, many of these same principles are followed in the Western formulas and prescriptions also.
I feel that by studying the Oriental systems of herbology we can apply these ancient principles to the prescription of western herbs, food and medicines. In many way we will be evolving a system of haling that I call "Planetary Herbology ." which will use the best from all cultures.
This is only a brief introduction to the use of Chinese herbs. I hope
it will give the lay person the confidence to purchase and to use these
centuries- old health aids on a regular basis.