Different medicinal materials are suitable for different dosage forms. Some medicinal materials need to be soaked and boiled to extract all medicinal properties. Therefore, they are suitable for boiling or soaking in water to form a decoction. However, some medicinal materials need to be powdered and used as a powder for better absorption. Almost all herbs can be pulverized, so bulk herbs are becoming more and more popular.
Most powdered herbs come from the roots or rhizome for internal use, with high absorbency and nutrient density. There are many ways to use herbal powder. You can swallow directly with bulk powder. But it can't be swallowed without water, which will increase the burden of the stomach. It is also a good way to use herbal powders in your food to provide nutrition through your daily diet. Use turmeric, cinnamon, paprika and other seasonings to cook to enhance the flavor, making it easy to incorporate into your herbal practice. In addition, herbal powder can be added to juices, smoothies, honey, milk and other beverages. The latter two methods are more able to mask some of the unpleasant taste of the herbs themselves.
Other ways to take herbal powders include capsule packaging. Encapsulation of bulk herbal powder into empty capsules makes it easy to take and carry. If the amount of bulk is large, a capsule machine can also be purchased for packaging. This is also one of the commonly used methods. A slightly more complicated method is to make tinctures. Mix the herbal powders together in a bottle or jar and add enough alcohol to cover the herbs. Mix them evenly and store them in a sealed form. Tinctures can be stored stably for a long time, but it is usually not very tasty.
In addition, the herbal powder and boiling water can be mixed into a paste and applied to the skin as a poultice. This is a way to get the herbs absorbed through the skin.
Regardless of the method used, it is best to consult a doctor before taking the medicine and determine the dosage.