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Beyond Tastes: Astringency and Aroma in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Delve into the intricate world of astringency and aroma in Chinese herbal medicine.

Beyond the classic five flavors, Prof Brandt explores the nuances of astringency and aroma in Chinese herbal medicine.

Astringency, akin to sourness, is crucial for containing abnormal fluid leakage, making it effective in treating conditions like excessive sweating, diarrhea, and urinary issues. Astringent medicinals also find application in stopping bleeding. Aromatic herbs, although not part of the classic flavors, are associated with actions like resolving the exterior, stimulating the appetite, and moving Qi and blood.

The interplay between flavors and temperature is highlighted, emphasizing how a single herb may possess a combination of different flavors and natures, influencing its suitability for specific conditions.

Would you be able to describe the characteristics and actions associated with aromatic herbs in Chinese medicine?

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