Do Chinese Herbs Only Come In A Tea?

No. Chinese herbs are found in a variety of forms, with tea only being a single one of them. When many people think about herbs, tea often comes to mind. This is for a good reason: herbal tea is extremely common in traditional medicine all around the world. It is safe and it is effective. It is not, however, the only way that herbs can be utilized.

Chinese Herbal Medicine consists of 5,767 substances derived from plant, animal and mineral sources. The herbs are used in their whole form. They have not had specific chemicals extracted in proportions that are different from what is found in their natural form. The herbs are available in the form of herbal decoction, liquid extracts, tablets, capsules, granules, lotions, creams, salves or poultices.

It is important to note that the strength of Chinese herbs can vary depending on the exact chemical makeup of the raw materials themselves. This is one reason why herbal medicine is usually not prescribed in standard dosages and, rather, is individualized.