(simplified Chinese: 中药学; traditional Chinese: 中藥學; pinyin: zhōngyào xué)
Chinese herbal medicine, which actually consists of herbs/plants, shells, minerals and animals, has been employed for dynasties and is still relevant modern day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an approximate 80% of African and Asian countries currently rely on herbal medicine as an important component of their primary health care system. Apothecaries are found abundantly in Europe and India. Traditional herbal medicine systems are found and revered worldwide.
Chinese herbal medicine is offered in a variety of forms, ranging from tiny, patented teapills to custom-made brewed concoctions. These formulas comprise a complex and individualized form of natural medicine but are not for the faint of heart. Always seek the expertise of a credentialed herbalist.