are the herbs administered?
Chinese herbs are traditionally given as a very strong tea.
The acupuncturist will give the patient several bags of herbs.
Each bag contains a formula of about 12 or so raw herbs that
has been prepared specifically for the patient and his or
her condition. The patient then prepares the herbs at home
by boiling them in water for about a half an hour. The benefit
of this method is that the formula can be customized to the
patient's particular condition. The acupuncturist may prescribe
herbal pills, powders or tinctures instead because these are
more convenient. However, the raw herbs are usually stronger
and always more adaptable.