Medical herb is the most important treatment in traditional Chinese Medicine. There are roughly 13,000 medicinal used in China and over 100,000 medicinal recipes recorded in the ancient literature.
However, each herbal medicine prescription contains usually 4-15 herbs. Then other ingredients are added to adjust the formula to the patient’s individual disease pattern. Overall, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients which are base on the Yin, Yang and five element theory are considered more important the effect of a single ingredient.
Other than in decoction, Traditional Chinese medicine can also be given as pill, tablet and capsules.