What is the Difference Between Western Herbalism and Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Within Chinese herbal medicine, not everyone with the same disease is given the same herbs. Each individual’s unique constitution and relationship to the environment is evaluated before an herbal prescription is devised. Chinese herbal medicine usually uses a formula which contains 4 to 20 different herbs designed to balance each effect and address the individual’s symptoms as well as the root cause and therefore the entire pattern of disease. Western herbal medicine primarily uses a single herb or groups of herbs which treat symptoms only.