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Morphological Transformations: Harvest Time, Regions, and Processing in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Explore more on harvest time, production regions, storage, and processing influence the morphology of medicinal materials.

Prof. Brand explains how harvest time, production regions, storage, and processing impact the morphology of medicinal materials in Chinese herbal medicine. Using examples like Lianqiao, Gouqizi, and Shanzhuyu, he illustrates how early or late harvesting influences the appearance and color of fruits.

The location of production regions, such as Ningxia and Xinjiang, leads to variations in taste and morphology of Gouqizi berries. Storage alters the color and taste of Shanzhuyu over time. Processing, including sulfur treatment, significantly affects the appearance of licorice and Heshouwu, helping identify proper processing or potential counterfeits through macroscopic identification.

How can macroscopic identification help distinguish properly processed herbal materials from potential counterfeits?

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