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Unlocking the Roles: Understanding Chinese Herbal Formula Dynamics

Explore the intricate dynamics of Chinese herbal formulas, where herbs are combined based on traditional roles like The Sovereign and Minister.

Prof Brant discusses the use of Chinese medicinal formulas, emphasizing the combination of herbs and the traditional roles within a formula, known as the Sovereign, Minister, Assistant, and Courier.

In Chinese herbal medicine, herbs are seldom used alone; instead, they are often combined into formulas with specific roles. The “seven relationships” metaphorically describe the interactions between herbs, such as mutual enhancement. The speaker introduces the four roles within a formula: The Sovereign, Minister, Assistant, and Courier. The Sovereign, exemplified by herbs like ephedra (Má huáng), addresses the main disease or pattern. Ministers, like cinnamon twig (Guì zhī), strengthen the Sovereign’s action or address concurrent diseases.

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