Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) employs herbs differently than Western herbs. Most herbal formulas contain many single herbs that work together synergistically to either tonify or sedate, to send the formula to a certain part of the body, to counteract any negative effects of other herbs in the formula, and to cause harmony in the formula and for the patient. Because of the specificity of action of these herbal formulas, they should never be taken without an evaluation by an acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist.
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