How do you take Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs come in different forms depending on the country you live in and the herbalist prescribing them. There was five different ways you can take Chinese herbs:
- Original (raw) form
Original (raw) herbs
Traditionally, Chinese herbs come in their original dried form, for example bits of root, bark, leaves and seeds. These would be cooked in a pot, drained and drank. This traditional process takes hours and will leave a strong odour in your house.
Thankfully, there are more modern methods of taking Chinese herbs, for example in powder, capsule or tablet form.
How do you take Chinese herbs in powder form?
If you are taking the powders, then you put the powder in a mug and add boiling hot water (half way), some honey to help with the taste and give it a good stir. Wait for it to cool down, stir it again and then drink, preferably in one go. It's not a drink that you sip and dunk buscuits into. After you have drank all the liquid, have some fruit to clear your palate.
Capsules and Tablets
How do you take Chinese herbs as capsules and tablets?
If you are taking Chinese herbs in tablet or capsule form, you will need to take 30 a day. Yes, 30! You can take either 15 in the morning and 15 in the evening or take 10 three times a day. Always after food and with plenty of water.
Little black pills are another form of Chinese herbal medicine. This is a weak dosage and can take months to build up strength and work.
Little black pills are illegal to sell in the UK and Europe.
Chinese herbal dosages
Chinese herbs have different dosages depending upon the format they are prescribed and the herbalist.
The original (raw) form, capsules and tablets are all the same strength. The little black pills are a lot weaker, cannot be tailoe-made and tke longer to work.How often do I need to take Chinese herbs?
As Chinese herbs are natural, they need to be taken at regular intervals and for several weeks at a time.
The Chinese herbs that I prescribe some in three ways; as powders, or in tablet and capsule form. If you are taking the powders, then I recommend taking them twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. If for some reason, you can't take the Chinese herbs in the morning, you can take them at lunch time.
If you are having the Chinese herbs in tablet or capsule form, you will need to take 30 a day. Yes, 30! You can take either 15 in the morning and 15 in the evening or take 10 three times a day. Always after food.