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Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Sub-Category
Chinese herbal medicine is mainly composed of botanicals (roots, stems, leaves, fruit), animal stuff (internal organs, skin, bones, organs, etc.) and the composition of mineral. Because the majority of herbal medicine, it is also known as herbal medicine. Many kinds of Chinese herbal medicine, in recent years, according to preliminary statistics, the total number of about eight thousand species, there are about 700 kinds of commonly used herbs. The compatibility of various herbs with prescription formed, is endless. After several thousand years of research, the formation of an independent scientific - herbal medicine.

Such a diversity of species must follow a certain system, categorized, making it easy to learn, research and application. The method of herbs classification is based on people for herbs gradually deepening understanding of evolving. According to its purpose and focus and have different focus on the following four categories:

1. By functional classification - such as detoxification, antipyretic, qi medicine, blood circulation herbs.
2. Press the medicinal part of the classification - such as the root class, leaf, flower, leather and so on.
3. Effective content classification - such as herbs containing alkaloids, volatile oil containing herbs, herbs containing glycosides, etc.
4. Press the natural attributes and relationship categories - first into herbal herbal, animal drugs and mineral drugs. Medicinal plants and animals and then to sort and arrange the order in accordance with its original plant genetic relationship original animals. Such as ephedra, Magnoliaceae, Ranunculaceae and so on.

The above classification methods have advantages and disadvantages, how to use a classification method which is more appropriate, depending on our purpose and requirements.

Herbal formulas also are divided into the same diagnostic categories. The traditional formulas, or patent medicines, are an intricate combination of herbs chosen to address the various aspects of a disease pattern. The chief herb in the formula addresses the major complaint; the formula usually contains more of this particular herb than other herbs.

The deputy herb assists the chief herb in its function, while the assistant herb reinforces the effects of the chief and deputy or performs a secondary function. The envoy directs the formula to a certain part of the body, or it harmonizes and detoxifies the other parts of the formula.

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