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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-03-13 (EDT)

See Also Naturopathic Therapies
See Also Botanical Medicine (Herbalism)

Traditional systems of medicine, such as Chinese, Ayurvedic and Unani medicine tend to look at herbs based on their qualities. The qualities of the herbs were matched to the qualities of the individual and herbs were chosen based on these qualities. For example, if a person was too hot than hot herbs would be avoided and cool or cold herbs would mostly be chosen as part of a treatment plan.

  • Taste: Includes bitter, salty, sweet, sour, astringent, bland and spicy
  • Temperature: Includes cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot.
  • Organ or Meridan Affinity: Different herbs have a tendency to work on specific organs or meridans.

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Check out further information on botanical medicine and the classification of herbs.