1, Customized prescription Chinese herbal medicine vs prepared formula?
Customized prescription Chinese herbal medicine is unique designed for you and your current health conditin and symptoms. If you can’t find a prepared formula for your problem, this is the only way to take Chinese medicine treatment. They are more effective, quick recovery result and expensive than prepared formula. If you suffer from a health problem badly and if you can offord it, try to take prescription herbal medicine first and then continue take prepared formula to maintain the result when you feel much better. If you think your problem is not too bad, or you never take Chinese herbal medicine before or seldom take, prepared formula is a good choice.
Prepared formula is more cost effective and easy to take because they are normally in pill, tablet or capsule, and flavourless. But prescription herbal medicine is in concentrated granule and need to use hot water to make a “tea” drink. Some people think it tastes “horrible”.
For example, one bottle Black Pearl $18NZD for up to 8 days, one bottle ChinaMed $37 for up to 8 days. And one bottle 100g customized herbs mixture “prescription Chinese herbal medicine” will be $65NZD for 5 days.
2, How to find out a prepared Chinese herbal medicine formula?
For example, you want buy Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang, but some people call it Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan, and others call it Chai Hu Shu Gan San, and even Chai Hu Shu Gan Ke Li, Chai Hu Shu Gan Jiao Nang etc depends on the form it appears. Tang, Wan and San normally is in Pill, and Ke Li means Granule, and Jiao Nang means Capsule. So, the key words are Chai Hu Shu Gan.
The most popular suffix words for prepared Chinese herbal medicine formula are Wan, San and Tang.
Others used quite often: Pian (tablet), Fang, Chong Ji (granule), Dan, Ling, Yin, Ke Li, Jiao Nang.
So, Google the key words without suffix words should get more results.
Most Chinese medicine prepared formula has a suffix word, but some don’t! For example, Nan Bao etc.
3, Can we judge a herbal medicine is good or not?
Good result: You are taking a right formula (suitable for you) herbal medicine, and the quality of the herbal medicine you are taking is good.
No good result 1: You are taking a wrong formula (not suitable for you) herbal medicine, whatever the quality of the herbal medicine you are taking is good or not.
No good result 2: you are taking a right formula (suitable for you) herbal medicine, but the quality of the herbal medicine you are taking is not good.
So, before you judge a herbal medicine, make sure you take the right formula!