Herbology is the most important treatment in traditional Asian medicine. The physician usually chooses 5-25 herbs among hundreds of varieties to make a formula. Prescription formulas depend on the individual patient and their varying symptoms. Normally, the formula will be cooked in a special machine for 3 hours to create an herbal tea. This tea is then packed into small pouches. Patients can drink 2-3 pouches daily. Also, tablets and herbal pills are available for a people that who don't like herbal teas. External ointment and powdered forms of herbs are also available to treat skin disease, foot fungus and contusions. The physician uses different methods to classify herbs, including four natures [cool and cold (yin), warm and hot (yang)]. For example, herbs of hot nature are used when the patient is suffering from internal cold. Classification also includes five tastes [pungent, sweet, sour, bitter, and salty]. Each taste has different functions and characteristics. Pungent herbs are used to vitalize qi and blood. Sweet herbs tonify bodily system. Sour herbs are an astringent. Bitter herbs dispel heat and remove dampness. Salty herbs soften hard masses.
Herbs have many uses; including regulating body temperature and energy, detoxification, improving circulation, cough relief, skin care, relief of food stagnation, stress reduction, and more. Herbs can be used for astringents, antibiotics, laxatives, coagulation, etc.

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