How to Construct an Herbal Formula

There are two general themes that run through the process of individualized herb prescribing, as it is most typically practiced by modern Chinese practitioners of TCM. The first is what anthropologist Judith Farquhar calls the pivot of pattern differentiation. The second and closely related phenomena is based on the philosophy of using ancient formulas as building blocks to be freely manipulated for the treatment of modern diseases, rather than left essentially intact and untarnished.