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Exploring Pao Zhi: Unveiling the Unique Processing of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Watch the video to explore the distinctive processing of Chinese herbal medicine.

Prof Brand discusses the unique feature of Chinese herbal medicine known as “pao zhi,” focusing on the processing of medicinal herbs. The processing alters therapeutic effects, either enhancing or reducing side effects. Unlike Western herbs, Chinese herbs are cut into distinctive decoction pieces, ready for use. The processing methods vary, from simple techniques in clinics to complex procedures at production regions.

The Chinese pharmacopoeia records 672 forms of decoction pieces for 446 raw materials. The historical background traces back to 168 BC, with specialized texts emerging around 500 AD and further advancements in the Ming Dynasty.

How do processing methods vary for different Chinese herbs? Have you heard a similar herbalism making process in your culture? Do you know how to make such herbs?

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