Chinese herbology is perhaps the oldest facet of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), originates in first books describing TCM diagnosis and treatment, and is still one of the largest parts of clinical TCM today.
It is the intimate link between diagnosis and treatment , plays a role in the understanding of meridians during the origins of acupuncture, and is the root stemming into many other medicinal systems such as current western herbalism and even allopathic pharmaceuticals.
This said, the TCM approach to herbal medicine is still one of the most important today in offering excellent clinical results from a truly developed understanding in a different stand point than allopathy and western science. Not that any of the information and application has shown to be in conflict with the western model and studies as they emerge, but that there is an innate value in the specific way TCM looks at the body as a whole, in connection with social, environmental. and even cosmic influences. As one of the few indigenous medical systems remaining on the planet – it’s importance of not only tradition, but also that of human understanding which has been tempered over thousands of years through clinical trials and healing experiences, becomes relevant in the continued outpouring of positive results.
Where this detailed system becomes useful for the patient; is when the 5 flavors, 4 properties, 4 movements, channel tropism, and other aspects of the herbs are used to create affluent formulas and prescriptions which allow that the medicinal effect be tailored to you, your current state of being and your specific diagnosis!