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Macroscopic Identification

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Prof. Brand explores the impact of macroscopic identification in Chinese herbal medicine, acknowledging factors like species, cultivation methods, harvest time, production area, storage, and processing. Variations within species, exemplified by tangerine peel cultivation, highlight how specific cultivars can be grown for medicinal use despite the fruit being inedible.

The citrus aurantium family demonstrates the emergence of distinct cultivars through long-term human selection. The shift from wild-sourced to cultivated herbs, driven by population growth, emphasizes the need for standardized cultivation practices.

Prof. Brand illustrates how environmental conditions influence both the external morphology and chemical constituents of herbs, using Danshen as an example, showcasing the visual differences between wild and cultivated specimens. Constant updates and records are essential for understanding the morphological impact of cultivation on herbal quality.

Could you provide more examples of herbs with visual differences between wild and cultivated specimens, like Danshen?

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