Brief Introduction to Chinese medicine
According to traditional Chinese medicine principles, every herb has its own particular nature
corresponding with the four qi, five flavors and meridian entry.
The four qi refer to four basic properties of Chinese herbs: cold, hot, warmth, and coolness.
The five flavors refer to five tastes of Chinese herbs namely sourness, bitterness, sweetness, pungency
and saltiness. The five flavors also represent the basic actions of Chinese herbs.
Constrict or consolidate.
Clear away heat;
purge bowels; descend qi.
Toning, improving, mitigating and harmonizing.
Disperse and circulate qi; promote blood circulation.
Soften firm masses and fibrous adhesions.
Meridian entry is the orientation of the action of Chinese herbs according to
the meridian/channel on which the therapeutic action is manifested.