The practice of treating medical conditions and health issues via the natural benefits of plants and plant extracts. Herbology is also referred to as herbalism, botanical medicine, or phytotherapy. Chinese herbology uses herbs consumed for millennia to resolve illness and enhance wellness.

Herbology is traditionally one of the more important modalities utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. The herbs are simmered in water over several hours to reduce to a cup of concentrated herbal tea. A typical prescription reduces from eight bowls of water into one bowl of herbal tea (a rice bowl is the usual measuring device in prescriptions.)

The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient’s Yin Yang conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the brew will be ineffective. The latter steps require great experience and knowledge.